Effective communication between the home and school is crucial for any child's education, but where special needs are concerned, creating good partnerships is essential. This book is concerned with home-school relations from an 'inclusive' perspective. Throughout, it highlights issues that are common across all children and families, those that reflect individual diversity and those that are of particular significance when children have special educational needs. Sally Beveridge provides debates on issues such as:
* the conceptual and policy frameworks that form the background to this subject;
* the fundamental nature of the learning environment that families represent for children;
* the potential role of home-school relations in supporting the educational achievements of children from diverse backgrounds and with differing needs;
* strategies for the development of positive communication with parents.
This book offers a manageable overview of a complex topic, ensuring its appeal to students and practitioners alike.
'I would recommend this book to colleagues who are trying to improve and make sense of parent partnerships. Instead of blaming parents when the partnership is not going well, Sally Beveridge makes us reflect honestly on our own practice: a painful exercise, but a necessary one.' -Kenny Frederick in the TES Book of the Week, 13 May 2005
'Sally Beveridge makes a persuasive and powerful case for the centrality of parents, along with their children, in education and educational decision-making. Her distinctive contribution in this book is to offer a unified, inclusive ideology applicable for all children and the adults who live with, care for and work with them.' - European Journal of Special Needs Education