School’s Acknowledge Seperated Parents

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Separated parents have a hard time with schools.

Schools expect the resident parent to pass on important information to the separated parents but quite often this doesn’t happen for many reasons (e.g resentment, disorganisation).

I feel that schools should have in place some kind of mechanism to keep those parents as involved as possible in their children(s) journey through education.

Schools have policies for almost everything but not this, it is mentioned in the education act but very rarely is a policy created. Those schools who do create one tend to put all responsibility on the resident parent.

Surely in 2018 it would be possible to at least E-Mail a copy of newsletters and letters to separated parents?

Schools have a duty to work in partnership with families and to involve all those with parental responsibility in their child’s education.

Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines  a parent as :

 All natural parents, whether they are married or not.

 Any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person.

 Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person (a person with whom the child lives and who looks after the child).