Ofsted recently commended a primary school in Newthorpe which grades parents on their efforts to support their child. This could be through helping with homework, attending meetings and watching plays for instance.
The school have been doing so since 2011 and Ofsted Chief Inspector, Michael Wilshaw, said it was ‘making a huge difference.’ Students whose parents are graded an A or B make ‘significantly better progress.’ The school are then in a position to provide more targeted support to students whose parents are ‘less engaged.’
Not all parents are on board however, with one suggesting that the school had ‘unfairly shifted responsibility from teachers to parents.’ Others argue that it is unfair for working parents who may not have as much time.
Wilshaw on the other hand, branded the system as ‘inspirational’.
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