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Engaging with the Views of Families and the Wider Community

Engaging with the Views of Families and the Wider Community

Chapter Enquiry Questions

  • What can you learn from parents and carers?
  • What sort of questions normally get asked and how?
  • How can this communication be made more interesting and complex?
  • Can communication with families become part of ongoing cycles of enquiry?

Introduction: Accessing Data Beyond the School Gates

It will hardly be news to any teacher that the impact of individual schools on children's outcomes is by far outweighed by factors relating to the area they live in (HEFCE, 2005), the ethnicity (Mirza, 2006; Harding, 2006) and socioeconomic status of the family, the educational background of the parents and other children in the family (Sacker et al., 2002) and the attitude of the family towards education and the child's achievement ...

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