A disengaged parent can be simply defined as one who is resistant or unwilling, for whatever reason, to communicate or even associate with the school, despite every effort that is made to bring them into the fold. They can be anything from reclusive to outright hostile, and unless they become more receptive to the school, can become a significant hurdle in their child’s education. In order to improve on the relationship, it is important to understand the possible causes of this attitude in the first place.
When we are young, our brains are like sponges. We soak up everything around us- knowledge, habits, body language, and most impressively, languages. Growing up in a country that is not native to your parents can give you some unique advantages in life, particularly that of an extra tongue to speak- a skill that can be priceless in later life.
Are parents evenings anachronistic?
David (not his real name) was slumped forward on his desk. To all intents and purposes, he looked like he’d fallen asleep or, worse, passed out.
You might think that every parent will open every school email. After all, it’s bound to be something that concerns the welfare of their child. But you’d be wrong. Even if people are completely committed to opening the school’s emails, they may not do so, for a number of reasons.
One of the most frustrating experiences one can have these days is trying to find an organisation’s phone number. On some websites you can chat with a person through the website, which is fine to an extent, as long as you can be sure that you’re talking to a person rather than a bot.
Taking Steps to Reduce Teacher Workloads
Earlier this year, Ofsted committed to reducing unnecessary workloads with their involvement in Teacher Workload Review Groups. The groups’ recommendations for school leaders, teachers, the DfE and Ofsted aim to find a balance between what is best for pupils while being manageable for teachers.
This is promising news for teachers, however stress and pressure within the profession continues to increase. The DfE found the average primary school teacher works 55 hours per week, including nearly 19 hours working in the evening and weekends. Secondary teachers work 53 hours on average, with 16 hours spent on work outside of working hours, so when should you push back and how do you find a work-life balance?
The impact government has on schools is constantly under a high level of scrutiny by those inside the profession and those with a vested interest, such as parents. In recent years, commentary has been focused on reforms to the curriculum and the mounting workload of teachers, but schools are now facing an even greater challenge to their finances.
For children, the importance of a good support structure from both parents and teachers is immeasurable as they grow into the person they want to become. A disjointed relationship between parents and teachers can result in mixed messages being fed to the child, causing confusion and making it difficult for them to stay on the path to success.