“Parents are the greatest stakeholders in any school”

An early finding of our ‘Areas of Greatest Need’ research is the importance of strengthening home-school relationships.  Becky Francis’s study of ‘Satisfactory’ schools noted a “striking” tendency towards “scant parent engagement”: schools were not perceived to be listening to parents or helping them support their children’s learning.  We’ve been seeking case studies of schools which excel at this;…

Areas of Greatest Need: Blackpool

Sun, sea, sand and Strictly – Blackpool may attract fewer tourists than it did in its heyday, but it retains the image of a fun holiday destination.  Describing growing up in Blackpool, many young people emphasised this aspect of life in the town, like the Year 6 pupil who told us: “I think it’s quite…