But we do struggle with curriculum workshops. Even if we call them information evenings. I am convinced that children do best if they are supported by parents who understand what and how their offspring are being taught. We got about 10 parents to a mathematics evening last term, but hit an all-time low of four attending a presentation on the Literacy Hour. Apparently events in Albert Square were reaching a particularly thrilling climax that night, but even so, it is always disappointing when staff and governors outnumber parents by such a margin.
We are not alone. A recent workshop on information and communication at our local secondary school attracted 15 parents - jolly good, the teacher thought, but actually less than 1 per cent of the eligible parent population.
It's always the wrong ones who come, too: the computer experts or off-duty English professors. Where are we going wrong?