Every minister has a parent ploy
This is all very laudable and teachers will yawn mightily at the release of yet more pious national statements of intent. If only parents would control their offspring, a partnership on learning would be more meaningful, many claim.
Parents might also yawn broadly at yet another minister commending them to do their bit when, some parent leaders allege, the reality in many schools is that they are regarded as little more than a nuisance to be kept at bay.
Perhaps the difference this time round is the focus on classroom learning and the push on attainment. Parents are not to be a front for a political attack on local authorities and existing structures but an aid to improved achievement. There is no plot other than improved ways to involve parents. That is a pretty simple agenda and we should be thankful there is no raft of new measures, backed by legislation, to compel new approaches.
The hands-off model is to be commended, provided it works.