WE ALL KNOW that with the credit crunch and Christmas on the horizon money is in mind – however a recent report shows that parents know more about their bank balance than their child’s progress at school.
According to a survey by Becta over two-thirds of parents would like to be kept up-to-date about their child’s progress though txt messages and email – as this would give them a more frequent overview of their little ones development.
Due to the busy working lives of many parents the request to communicate with schools in this way is influenced by the way people can find out their bank balance, as many find it more convenient to receive information via txt or email.
Seventy-four per cent of parents said they monitor their bank balance online or on the phone at least once a month whereas only 15 per cent of parents surveyed were informed of their child’s progress once a month – a shocking 85 per cent say they are updated four times a year or less.
Is this really the way forward for school communications though? You can imagine the school report beeping in over dinner, “yr kid S doiN poorly n mafs n sci. he also demonstr8s bad bhavyor n a ltd attn span n cls. hs social skilz nd wrk 2. Lol teacha xx".
Instead of wanting a face-to-face chat with their child’s teacher where they can ask and receive questions, parents want a quick overview to make sure there aren’t too many Ds being given out.
Niel McLean, spokesperson for Becta’s Next Generation Learning Campaign said, “It appears parents and schools are not talking as much, or as frequently, as parents would like.”
Becta is urging parents to talk to their child’s school to find out how technology is already being used in order to improve day-to-day communication with the school. µ
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