I’ve previously written a number of posts about the British prohibitions against parents taking their children out of school for vacations and events when class is in session. It’s now facing growing opposition. You can read more at these two articles: Ban on term time holidays should be overturned, say council leaders is from The […]
Starting school: what every parent should know is from The Telegraph, a British newspaper. It reviews what students of different ages should know, and how parents can help them know it — using the UK “National Curriculum” as a guide. It’s interesting to compare it the Common Core — see The Best Resources For Talking […]
I’ve previously published a number of posts about the ridiculous British policy of punishing parents for taking their students on vacation during the school year. Here are two new resources: Number of parents fined for term-time holidays soars by 70 per cent is from The Telegraph. School holiday fines in England ‘unfair’, say parents is […]
I’ve posted a lot about the ridiculous British policy of fining parents if they take their kids on a trip while school is in session. The Telegraph reports on a new low in this article: Mother of terminally-ill boy fighting fine for taking son on ‘last holiday’ The headline says it all…
I’ve written quite a bit lately about the ridiculous policy in England that fines parents when they take their kids out of school during class for a vacation or family event. Parents are now understandably upset that a headteacher (principal) was granted two weeks off during the school year…to go watch the World Cup.
Earlier today, I posted about a new parents group in England organizing for more parent engagement in schools and against that country’s ridiculous law of finding parents for taking their kids out of school during the year. Now, The Telegraph has run a story about: Clare Whitelegg has been told she cannot take her son […]
The Guardian reports on a new British parents group called Parents Want A Say. Its initial impetus was fighting what appears to me a ridiculous policy of fining parents when they take their kids on vacation while school is in session, but they’re not stopping there: While the group’s initial focus is on changing the […]
More than 20% of parents say they have been fined for unauthorised holidays is the headline of an article in the British newspaper The Guardian. Here’s how it starts: More than 20% of parents say they have been fined for taking their children on unauthorised holidays during the school term, while a majority of parents […]
British schools planning to give parents a checklist telling them what skills and knowledge their kids should have before they attend kindergarten. The article about it in The Telegraph has over seven hundred comments, and they’re worth skimming. The guidelines seem to make sense, but the tone and rhetoric behind the checklist just seems so […]
Emerson Valley School plans fines for pupil lateness is an article at the BBC. Here’s an excerpt: A school plans to fine parents of pupils who consistently arrive late. Emerson Valley School in Milton Keynes plans to impose the £60 fixed penalty if children miss registration 10 times in a 12-week term. The junior school, […]
A fairly substantial experiment has been launched in Great Britain — 14 schools will start paying parents of their students to attend eighteen parent training sessions. You can read more about it at The Telegraph and at The BBC (and at The Guardian). You can read more about why I don’t have a good feeling […]
Bullying is parents’ big fear as children start secondary school, survey finds is an article in the Guardian reporting on a recent survey. It’s subtitled: Parents say bullying is greater concern than alcohol, while children themselves worry most about making the right friends It might be worth a look….
The BBC just published the results of a survey of British parents’ attitudes toward school (see Parents ‘more involved in children’s schools’). Here’s how it begins: Parents believe they are more involved in their children’s education than their own parents were – and that children now have more opportunities in school, suggests a survey. The […]
Here’s an excerpt from a report on a new British study titled “Parents’ Effort Key to Child’s Educational Performance.” A new study by researchers at the University of Leicester and University of Leeds has concluded that parents’ efforts towards their child’s educational achievement is crucial — playing a more significant role than that of the […]
Parents: not happy about something at school? Here’s how to complain is an article in The Guardian. It has a British “bent,” but still offers some decent advice for a parent anywhere…
Here are my choices for the best posts I’ve written on parent engagement in 2014 since June (by the way, you can find all my “The Best…” lists related to parent engagement here, including My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2014 – So Far): Ridiculous British Rules On Parents Taking Kids Out Of School […]
A major British study has just announced advice to parents about monitoring teen Internet use: Their report came to three main conclusions: Children who have positive offline relationships with their parents are more likely to navigate the web in a sensible way Supportive and enabling parenting has a more positive impact than restricting or monitoring […]
Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media? is a useful article in the British newspaper, The Guardian. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology To Help Engage Parents.
The British newspaper The Guardian has just published a pair of guest columns: Secret Parent: 10 things we’d like to say to teachers 10 things teachers want to say to parents, but can’t The piece from the parent has some interesting stuff in it. I think most of what’s in the teacher’s column was not […]
Here are my choices for the best posts I’ve written on parent engagement in 2014 – So Far (by the way, you can find all my “The Best…” lists related to parent engagement here): The Best Posts On The Migration Policy Institute Report On Engaging Immigrant Parents Boy, These “Academic Parent-Teacher Teams” Sound Worse Every […]