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NAHT responds to Parentkind survey on school accountability

James Bowen, director of policy for school leaders' union NAHT, said:

“All schools aim to foster positive and constructive relationships with parents. Having home and school working together is vital to supporting children’s wellbeing as well as their learning and progress. All schools engage their parental body in different aspects of school life.

“But ultimately school leaders and teachers are experienced professionals, and they must be trusted to make decisions in the best interests of all the pupils in the school.

"Schools can find that parents can have quite differing views on topics such as homework and uniform, and it can be a challenge for schools to balance these often competing viewpoints. We should also remember that schools have a number of statutory duties that they are obliged to abide by.

“We shouldn’t overlook that there are existing mechanisms for parents to become more involved in schools. Any parents who want to have a closer role in their accountability may want to consider joining their school’s governing body or trust. The education system relies heavily on these valuable volunteers, and we always need more high quality individuals who can best represent their school’s diverse communities.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
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