Minister calls for parents' voice

27th November 1998 at 00:00
PARENTS need to be able to communicate better with the Government, schools minister Charles Clarke said this week.

He told the Parents in Education Research Network conference at London University's Institute of Education, that as a father he felt he did not have a channel to make his views heard. He said information schools sent to parents was often inadequate. "Some pupil reports can only be described as bland and complacent."

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is soon to advise schools on producing brief outlines for parents describing the topics children are working on and giving information on appropriate books, software and exhibitions to back up their studies.

Caroline St John-Brooks, TES editor and author of Parents as Partners in Schooling, said the UK should look towards parents' councils in Denmark which have representatives on national education policy committees.

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