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[10 Oct 2011 | No Comment | 1,203 views]

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I am a freelance journalist working on a feature for Readers Digest. We are planning a feature which is angled around parents who inform the police of their children’s behaviour/crime. We would love to speak to any parents who have done this and discuss their reasons for doing so.

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[15 Aug 2011 | 5 Comments | 2,728 views]
England riots: Would you shop your child to the police?

Your teenage son or daughter comes home with ill-gotten gains from the recent looting and you catch them red-handed.

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[1 Aug 2011 | No Comment | 2,803 views]
Investing in their children’s future: UK parents ‘biggest spenders on private schooling in Europe’

In a damning indictment of our state system, 11.3 per cent of school funding in the UK comes directly from the pockets of parents – almost double the level in France.

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[30 Jul 2011 | 2 Comments | 2,984 views]
Hectic children ‘risk losing out’ on family life

Parents are filling their children’s days with more sports and arts activities than ever, raising fears that families are spending less time together than in previous generations, a survey has found.

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[27 Jun 2011 | No Comment | 4,035 views]
One in five parents cannot read aloud

Anna Davis, Education Correspondent London Evening Standard
9 Jun 2011
One in five London parents has such poor literacy skills they cannot read a bedtime story to their children, the Standard has learned. Shocking new figures reveal how 370,000 mothers and father are not confident enough to read aloud – significantly reducing their child’s chances of learning to read. The exclusive research shows for the first time how London’s illiteracy crisis is affecting families. Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, which uncovered the figures, said: “It is a tragedy. Every …

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[23 Jun 2011 | One Comment | 2,334 views]
Pupils could sue over errors in exam questions

By Richard Garner, Education Editor Independent
The prospect of pupils suing exam boards over blunders in this year’s GCSE and A-level papers emerged yesterday as three more serious howlers came to light. A head teachers’ leader warned the latest in a string of mistakes had seriously undermined public confidence in the examination system.
Parents’ leader, Margaret Morrissey Parentsoutloud called for “heavy” fines to be levied on exam boards with the worst offenders being stripped of their authority to set exams. Ofqual, the exams regulator, warned it would take regulatory action if …

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[31 May 2011 | One Comment | 5,223 views]
School reprimands seven-year-old boys for playing ‘army game’

A primary school has been condemned by parents for disciplining two seven-year-old boys after teachers ruled playing army games amounted to “threatening behaviour”.

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[20 May 2011 | One Comment | 4,524 views]
Help with homework part of the curriculum

By Tim Ross, Social Affairs Editor Telegraph
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Parents will be expected to spend more time helping their children with schoolwork under plans to extend the reach of the national curriculum beyond the classroom and into the home. Headteachers welcomed Mr Oates’s idea but his proposal to use the statutory curriculum to prompt more parents to get involved with their children’s homework drew criticism from family campaigners A government adviser said encouraging parents to discuss lesson topics with children, and requiring pupils to read more widely outside school, could drive …

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[2 May 2011 | One Comment | 1,561 views]
Why holidays can be hell for families

By Sarah Harris Mail
The Easter holiday is in full swing and children are looking forward to their Easter eggs. But most parents dread the thought of their sons and daughters moping about the house, complaining of being bored.However, the break won’t be cheap or easy for many families this year. A late Easter and an extra bank holiday for the Royal Wedding mean many children will have been in school for only as few as six days in April.The Federation of Small Businesses fears the abnormal amount of school and …

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