'Ordinary' Parents Ignored in Education

The Birmingham Post (England), September 6, 2005 | Go to article overview

'Ordinary' Parents Ignored in Education


Byline: By Shahid Naqvi Education Correspondent

Schools have been accused of failing to meet the aspirations of working class and ethnic families by allowing middle class parents to dominate their governing bodies.

The imbalance means many parents do not feel part of the life of the school which then impacts on the attainment of their children, according to a Midland-based study.

Research led by Professor Stewart Ranson, from the University of Warwick's Institute of Education, praised the "profound contribution' made by middle class parents to schools.

But it warned: "We are at a new stage of development. Schools need to connect with their communities.

"Arguably, schools will not become effective learning communities until they become truly cosmopolitan learning communities, and they will only realise that vision when democratic governance is strengthened at the level of school and community as well as the local authority."

The controversial paper, to be published in the Education Review, is likely to be greeted with anger by governors from professional backgrounds Most give up their personal time, using their experience and expertise on a voluntary basis to help improve their local schools.

While acknowledging the contribution they make through "access to privileged networks and resources", Prof Ranson claimed that was only half the story.

"Schools tend to think that parents who are involved in middle class professions have the social capabilities, contacts and connections that will be of use to the school," he said.

"But this neglects the skills and capabilities and knowledge that ordinary mums and dads have in the estates"By involving all parents that will motivate all youngsters. …

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