1st Edition

Home-School Work in Britain Review, Reflection, and Development

By John Bastiani, Sheila Wolfendale Copyright 1996
    176 Pages
    by David Fulton Publishers

    180 Pages
    by David Fulton Publishers

    First Published in 1996. This book forms part of a series that brings together wide-ranging contributions which: are written from both professional and parental viewpoints; offer an assessment of what has been achieved; explore a number of problematic issues and experiences and illustrate developments that are beginning to take shape. It will appeal to those with a special interest in and commitment to home-school work in all its actual and potential facets. This book, like the series it introduces, is an attempt to capture the flavour of home-school work in Britain in the 1990s. It conveys a mixture of familiar concerns and recent developments, of shared interests and differences of approach that relate to differences of setting and circumstance.

    Introduction; Chapter 1 Managing the changing power bases – parents, schools, governors and LEAs, Alwyn Morgan; Chapter 2 Learning begins at home: implications for a learning society, Titus Alexander; Chapter 3 Good mothers are women too: the gender implications of parental involvement in education, Kathy Maclachlam; Chapter 4 ‘It hurts me in my heart when my child brings home a book’ – reading at home for bilingual families, Diana Stoker; Chapter 5 Empowering pupils through home–school links, Conrad Chapman; Chapter 6 Home–school liaison: the mainstreaming of good ideas and effective practice, John Bastiani; Chapter 7 The PSP experience in Liverpool: towards a city-wide service; Chapter 8 The contribution of parents to children’s achievement in school: policy and practice in the London Borough of Newham, Sheila Wolfendale; Chapter 9 Home–school projects: influencing long-term change, Anne Houston; Chapter 10 Home works: shared maths and shared writing, Ruth Merttens, Alan Newland; Chapter 11 Making school more visible to parents: an evaluation of the Harbinger Video Project, Roger Hancock, Anne O’Connor, Helen Jenner, Gavin Østmo, Geoff Sheath; Chapter 12 Setting up a parents’ advice centre: partnership or PR?, Sarah Gale; Chapter 13 Parents and secondary schools: a different approach?, Emma Beresford, Angus Hardie; Chapter 14 Home to school is a long way: facing up to the issues of developing home–school alliances in rural areas, Tanny Stobart;


    John Bastiani has been the coordinator of the National Home-School Development Group since its formation. A former tutor at the University of Nottingham's School of Education, he has recently been the director of the RSA's 'Parents in ~ Learning Society' Project. He is a member of several national advisory groups, runs INSET courses around the UK and is a freelance consultant on home-school matters. Sheila Wolfendale has been a primary school and remedial reading teacher, an educational psychologist in several LEAs and is currently director of a Doctorate in Educational Psychology training programme at the University of East London. She has authored and edited many books, booklets, chapters, articles and handbooks on aspects of special needs, early years and parental involvement. She was awarded a Professorship in 1988 and in 1995 gained a PhD by published works.