Helping hand is frozen out

25th May 2001 at 01:00
I firmly believe that education is a partnership between home and school. I am a retired teacher of key stage 1 children, and when working, was grateful for the support and help I received from parents both inside and outside the classroom.

Recently I deputised for my daughter, a voluntary parent helper, during a key stage 1 science session at my granddaughter's school. The member of staff could not have conducted this session in the way she did without an extra two adults eing present.

I was shocked to find that I was made far from welcome in the classroom. Over the years I have been in many schools as a parent, helper, teacher and casual visitor. In all these schools I have been welcomed with courtesy and consideration.

Is help from the community now no longer required? Or is it that the only valid contribution is financial?

Patricia M Fairhurst

'Trelissick'

9 Chiltern Road, Bray

Maidenhead

Berkshire


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