Given the increasing (and welcome) emphasis there has been on involving and empowering parents in delivering drug education I thought there might be an interest in a new report, Oh, Nothing Much, from Becta about engaging parents in education.
They suggest that parents are somewhat frustrated by communication about what happens in schools at the moment.
The press release says:
The survey of 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 years and 1,000 parents, reveals that 43% of parents admit they find it either difficult or very difficult to extract information from their child about their day at school.
They also say:
- Nearly a third of parents feel excluded by their children.
- Only 16% of children proactively talk about their school day.
- Children admit they want to keep ‘hassling’ parents away from school life.
- 82% of parents want schools to keep them better informed.
Being “the government agency leading the national drive to ensure the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning” it’s not surprising that they conclude:
If your child’s school is on the ball, engaging with them through technology should enable you to:
- keep track of your children’s work, curriculum and homework assignments
- view their reports, attendance records and grades at any time of day that suits you
- keep in touch with teachers and other staff via email and text messaging.
I wonder whether this sort of approach will be as welcome for a potentially sensitive subject such as drug education as it might be for less controversial areas of the curriculum.
You can download the full report here.