Ofsted confirms what Learning Futures has been saying: the parents matter

April 5, 2011 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

One of the four ‘approaches to designing learning’  that we developed in  Learning Futures is ‘extending learning relationships’, by which we mean locking beyond the student-teacher relationship and attending to all the relationships that a young person learns from. Of these, perhaps the most obvious (but underutilised in schools) is the relationship with parents. The Learning Futures school that’s been doing the most exciting work in this area is Noadswood, where they have been training parents to be learning coaches (read more in their blog post).

Now, we’ve found that sometimes we agree with Ofsted, and sometimes we don’t. When we don’t, we don’t let it get us too upset, but it’s very nice when we do (as in this instance).

This is one of those times. In its recent report on Schools and Parents, Ofsted highlighted the importance of (and wide range of media for) two-way communication with parents, and, even more significantly, the ‘various skills, qualifications, experience and insights of parents [which] were underused to enhance schools’ provision and curriculum.’

Couldn’t agree more. When parents are invited to take an active role in (and beyond) school as ‘experts’, rather than only as chaperones, everybody benefits.

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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