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Home-School Liaison

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many courses during 1984 and 1985 in home-school liaison being run for parents at weekends and evenings were (a) initiated by Her Majesty's Inspectors; (b) attended by Her Majesty's Inspectors.

None. The prime responsibility for facilitating home-school links rests with local education authorities and individual schools. Her Majesty's Inspectorate has different responsibilities, one of which is to seek to ensure the wide dissemination of examples of good practice. In the exercise of this responsibility Her Majesty's Inspectorate has published two occasional papers in recent years on home-school links; Home-School Links (Secondary Phase) in November 1983 and Links between Parents, Community and Primary Schools in June 1985. The good practice discussed in these papers was based on HMI visits to schools when home-school links are discussed and specific reference made to them in inspection reports. In addition HMI attends the meetings of school governing bodies, which include parent representative members when the inspection reports are considered and I understand some of Her Majesty's inspectors have addressed parents meetings at schools.