Working with helicopter parents

One of the most challenging parts of teaching (and a skill that your training doesn’t ever really prepare you for), is how to effectively manage parents.

Throughout your teaching career you will encounter a wide range parental behaviour, ranging from those who show zero interest in their child’s education to helicopter parents that make your job a great deal harder.

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Should we document our children’s lives on social media?

In 2011 Mark Zuckerberg stated that, at some point, the minimum 13 year age rule would be lowered.

55% of parents of 12-year-olds said their child was on Facebook and 76% said they helped them gain access.

Whilst, at the time, he came under fire from child safety experts for this comment, the stat above goes to show that there is a demand for this course of action.

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Can you stop children from adopting racist and sexist attitudes from their parents?

Children are easily impressionable, and the opinions of others can impact the way they see the world and the people around them.

While young children are the most impressionable, teenagers and young adults can still be influenced to behave in a certain way or to hold particular beliefs.

The question of whether or not you can prevent children from adopting beliefs like racist and sexist attitudes from their parents is one that is frequently asked, and debated.

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Is the six-week summer holiday too long?

The summer holidays are either a time that parents are excited for or one that they cannot wait to be over. For many working parents, it can be the latter as care has to be arranged during the week while they are working unless one is able to save up holiday time at work over the year.

Activities need to be planned, and friends hosted or visited. After working hard at school, the kids deserve a break, but is the six-week holiday a bit long? Should it be shortened down, or maybe even extended?

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Should Students Be Allowed to Go On Holiday During Term Time?

In May 2016, the High Court deemed that it was acceptable and within the law for parents to take their children on holiday during term time – a move that was stated as a victory for those with common sense among supporters.

Despite this ruling, the topic has still been one of controversy among parents and teachers alike, raising debate and question about the quality of education a child on holiday during term time can receive.

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