Meetings with parents are worth keeping

17th July 1998 at 01:00
GRAHAM Lane needs to be careful with argument that the low attendance at annual parents' meetings in some schools is a reason for their abolition (Letters, TES, July 3).

Recent local government elections have also suffered from a very low turn-out. I assume Mr Lane will not be using these facts to advocate the abolition of local government. Instead, surely, we should in both cases be trying to encourage greater participation.

Many schools, of course, have done this already and achieve parental attendance well above the level Mr Lane sneers at. Such meetings are not pointless. They provide a unique opportunity for parents to find out more about many aspects of the general running of a school, for a discussion of the annual parents' report, and for questions to governors and staff.

They are one of the few occasions when governors are accountable to anyone. They can also be a chance to strengthen the partnership between home and school - for example, my own insight into some of the work that goes on behind the scenes in schools, as well as an appreciation of the enthusiasm and dedication of many headteachers originated, in part at least, in such meetings.

Barbara Glen. Hoylake Crescent. Ickenham, Middlesex.

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