Stop shifting blame on to parents

27th June 1997 at 01:00
When will schools focus on the core issue of what they themselves need to do to provide high quality effective teaching which meets our children's needs?

Denise Bates's article "Absent and friends" (TES, June 13) shifts the focus yet again to another peripheral issue. At a time when Stephen Byers is telling parents that 50 per cent of schools are "not doing enough with the pupils they are responsible for" it is extremely annoying to read articles like this.

No one is denying that there are disinterested, irresponsible parents but this article stigmatises us all. When inadequate teachers stop looking for someone else to blame for their own poor performance, when they remember why we are paying them and when schools have made significant improvements in their outcomes, parents will take a much more serious view of the cost of taking their children on holiday during term time.

Until governors tackle these key issues with real effect, they are in no position to blame parents for reclaiming some of their children's time.

JOHN CARSON 37 Woodborough Lane Stockton on Tees

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