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Schools (Parental Involvement)

Volume 201: debated on Tuesday 14 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how much Government aid is specifically targeted to increase the involvement of parents in school work and promote teachers' consultation with parents.

The Government are working actively to increase parental involvement in school education. The parents charter makes proposals for improving information for parents, and a new guide for parents—"Your Child and the National Curriculum"—urges parents to take an active interest in their children's education and talk to teachers about their children's progress.

It is not possible to give figures on financial aid from central Government for the generality of school education

Government assistance for the provision of local authority services is channelled through revenue support grant, which is not hypothecated to individual services. In relation to specific Government grants, there are particular initiatives within inner cities programmes that are designed to strengthen home-school links and stimulate parental involvement.