The Data Protection Act as we know and love it in the UK dates back to 1998 in its original form. It was a far-reaching, even visionary, piece of legislation. But at that time the web was in its infancy, the Google search engine was in beta mode and social media hadn’t been ‘invented’ — Mark Zuckerberg, for instance, was only 14 years old at the time.
Let’s start by examining the term ‘too late’. What does it mean: how long out of school is too long?
The surprising — and perhaps shocking — answer is that even one day out of school can affect a pupil’s academic achievement. In March last year, the Department for Education issued a press release summarising its latest research:
According to the University of Salford, as of September 2016, 2,075 out of 3,381 secondary schools in England had become academies and 2,440 of the 16,766 primary schools had gained academy status. However, the hitherto inexorable rise of multi-academy trusts may not necessarily continue completely unabated.
Schools go to a great deal of effort to keep parents engaged, with varying levels of success between primary and secondary, as discussed in an earlier blog; Which Schools Engage Parents More Effectively, Primary or Secondary? What is important to gauge is how involved parents actually feel with their child’s education. Using research conducted across the country, we analyse what extent they feel engaged.
As parents, it is natural to want to be in the know about every facet of your child’s life. They are yours to raise and care for, and every good parent wants their child to succeed. When it comes to education, it is for many parents, the first time you are truly away from them. It is then the school’s responsibility to ensure that parents are engaged. As students progress, this relationship can change as well, and so Groupcall spoke to both parents and members of school senior leadership teams to analyse which the difference in parental engagement levels between primary and secondary schools.
According to a recent survey by Netmums, there are more than 35 different types of family in Britain. It appears gone are the days of the nuclear family - that picture perfect family depiction that TV used to tell us consisted of a mum, dad and two children.