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Should parents be forced to do CPD, just like teachers?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Would an annual day dedicated to training parents about education and teaching really help to build stronger, more meaningful relationships with schools and teachers?

    ‘…How about making it mandatory for parents to attend a training session at their child's school for a minimum of a day a year for the entire length of their child's school life?

    This is one way we could truly build relationships with parents and to make them an active resource for the school.

    At present the gap between parents and schools is vast. Whatever the reasons for this is irrelevant compared to the need to build a more meaningful and fruitful relationship.

    …We could tackle the language we use at schools, the curriculum and, of course, how tests are used and analysed. We could also ask parents to produce a report on their child, reflecting on their behaviour at home, their motivation, and their passions.

    We could also explore the curriculum and what the school is teaching and why.’

    Colin Harris led a school in a deprived area of Portsmouth for more than two decades. His last two Ofsted reports were 'outstanding' across all categories

    Would this idea really work? Would this CPD day for parents really engage everyone in what happens in the school, their child’s education, and the decisions schools and teachers make when educating a pupil and teaching them to pass a test? Would the inside track on the nature of modern schooling really help turn all parents into allies at home to aid their child’s learning?

  2. bessiesmith

    bessiesmith Occasional commenter

    I don't know whether the parent CPD day would work but we definitely need to shift the balance of accountability so that there is more recognition of the parental role.

    Accountability for a child's development and progress divides 3 ways. From birth the child is clearly 100% reliant on parents. When the child starts school the teacher becomes involved. Gradually as the child grows, the balance should shift away from parent / teacher and onto the child themselves so that they begin adulthood in charge of their own destiny.

    Currently, no-one is held responsible (or possibly early-years providers) for ensuring a child begins school with all the basics of speech, language, socialisation in place. Then the teacher becomes 100% accountable for the progress of each child, right through to A-level and even degree level studies.
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  3. ABCCBA123321

    ABCCBA123321 Occasional commenter

    Do we get to dodge out of it at our kids' schools if we're currently teachers - or do we have to sit through the "what goes on in a school for dummies" all day?!

    Kind of "professionals interrogating my parenting"-ed out at the moment... joys of being a SN parent is you get that a lot - speech therapy assuming you don't understand the importance of talking to your child, occupational therapy going on about making sure they get a chance to run and climb and stuff and all the concerned questions assuming you're a flaming idiot who just shoves them in a corner with an iPad all day chain-feeding them Wotsits from birth.
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  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Every day is CPD when you're a parent - Continuing Parental Development. It doesn't stop when they leave school either.
  5. Bobbbs

    Bobbbs Occasional commenter

    No. Some parents get worse over time.
  6. drek

    drek Lead commenter

    My feeling is that it will turn out to be like enterprise and enrichment days where overworked teachers have to run things in their planning frees, and lunch breaks.......first on a ‘voluntary’ basis.... one of these will then get a TLR if they get everybody else to do it next year.....no matter that some teachers are already overburdened in the system.....teaching too many hours of large disruptive groups for their own health.....and then year 3 it just becomes an accepted part of additional and unfair workload for some........
    The ones who leave.....burnt out because too many people are using them as silent crutches for various tickbox exercises on top of their own teaching, planning, after school meetings, detentions, marking and data entry hours. Not to mention email reading and responding hours!
    How many of you remember when funding was used to invite local businesses in to run workshops and create links between students and perhaps future employers?
    They were days which teachers could enjoy with their students.
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  7. install

    install Star commenter

    This is not the job of teachers- they are already overwhelmed. Teachers are not accountable for the ills and wrongs in our society...:cool:
  8. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    So, the time has come. The lunatics are now running the asylum and doing an outstanding job in the eyes of the inspectorate.

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  9. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Those who want to engage with teachers do so. Those who don’t, will care not one jot more.

    How about not bothering until someone has calculated the cost of loss of wages, lost productivity and loss of educational time for children and teachers!

    However well meaning, it is an idiocy to think that force-feeding this sort of thing will have a positive rather than negative impact.

    What grates most is the implicit patronising criticism of parents as though they are all so ignorant of schools that they need people like Mr Harris to explain things in simple language. In fact millions of parents are fully engaged and helpful and certainly don’t need reminding of their usefulness as a resource, hounded as they are for extra money and teaching material on an irritatingly regular basis. And over and above money, there is attendance at open days, tutor meetings, parent assemblies, productions, fairs, sports events etc; not to mention homework, projects and charity days.

    How about a CPD PowerPoint session made by parents with head teachers forced to take a day off to come and listen?
  10. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    any form of parental improvement will only work for the feckless if attached to withdrawal of benefits/child benefit etc. As many of their children are fed breakfast lunch and tea, they hardly need the money
  11. Deirds

    Deirds Established commenter

    Agree absolutely....

    If I hear one more time in my SEN school that autistic children with food issues are down to parents not knowing what a healthy diet is......
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  12. ABCCBA123321

    ABCCBA123321 Occasional commenter

    I usually get round the assumption that the youngest's poor speech (verbal and "standard" dyspraxia) is down to the TV when I wheel out the eldest who is incredibly articulate and well-spoken - but gawd the judgement and assumptions from professionals you come across. If I, as a teacher myself, find it alienating and start to want to disengage because of it - how on earth must it feel to a less clued-in family to be coming across this constantly if they end up with a child with SEN?

    It's given me a whole new perspective on how the whole system works and comes across to parents definitely (and my kids' school is a blooming good 'un!)

    As for patronising - I remember going to the local Sure Start (before the cuts-hatchet fell) baby groups with my eldest (I was actually one of their target groups - crippled with post-natal mental health issues - not just a middle class parent shoving out the more in-need), dutifully trotting along every week and I finally put my foot down during one of their "awareness weeks" where they were asking us to sign a pledge that we'd never have a hot drink near our children. I refused on the basis that I was sick to death of being asked to sign pointless parenting pledges that meant nothing and were just assuming we were complete numpties. They looked horrified at the idea - but did really try to tone the patronising overdrive down after that! If you go too far you just alienate people - and that balance point is incredibly hard to find.

    (Sorry for bad typing and missed letters/spaces - the wireless bit on my keyboard's terrible at the moment)
  13. GladRagsAtMidnight2017

    GladRagsAtMidnight2017 Occasional commenter

    It's a wise school that would actually ask it's own parents "what do you need to build stronger, more meaningful relationships with us?"

    Every school has a range of parents, from those that would attend because they are interested in their child's education, to those who couldn't give a flying $%&* and see schools as day-care. A lot of info could be delivered on a school website about the process within school.

    I think (as a parent) the best thing would be to have someone just to listen to you and respond when there is an issue. One of my kids schools is like this, and the other one is not - guess which one I'm happier with?

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