Book: What every parent should know about education by @csatherton & @ProfKime via @CriticalPub

How knowing the facts can help your child succeed

What Every Parent Should Know About Education: How knowing the evidence can help your child succeed (Practical Teaching): How knowing the facts can help your child succeed













  • A really handy book for parents who are trying to understand and grapple with decisions about which school may be best for their child.
  • The book is focused on the education system with England, helping parents understand the curriculum, expectations and assessment for each stage.
  • Questions are offered for parents to ask schools, leaders and teachers to ensure it is the best fit for their child.
  • The authors warn of debunked theories that are still advocated in some schools, offering advice on key attributes parents should listen out for.
  • The book is a digestible, supportive and accessible guide that can support parents from all backgrounds to understand what happens within the school system.

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What UKEdChat says about this book:

When options are available, it’s always nice to research to help inform a positive decision. The same is now especially true in England’s education system, where many parents now have a range of choices which school to send their children to. In a system that is forever evolving, and the power of online reports, forums, and information, making the best choice for the education of the child can seem overwhelming.

In their new book, Chris Atherton and Stuart Kime address some of these concerns, offering guidance, advice, and key questions that parents should ask of school if they are thinking about the choice available. Essentially exploring key areas, such as assessment and testing; learning; specific learning disabilities; behaviour, stress and mental health; and considerations between primary and secondary schools, the book brings together key information, experiences and key knowledge that can help towards an informed decision.

The book is a digestible, supportive and accessible guide that can support parents from all backgrounds to understand what happens within the school system. The authors offer probing questions for parents that they should consider (and ask) when approaching schools, speaking to other parents, or come across information that may not be understood. Offering further signposts and references, this is a great book that should be considered by parents who feel overwhelmed with choosing the right school for their children.

What the publisher says about this book:

  • What do you really know about how children learn?
  • How helpful are different types of assessment and what do the results mean?
  • Is homework necessary and how you can you encourage your child at home?
  • Will ability groups and setting help your child achieve more?
  • How do you choose the right school to suit your child?

The government and the media have a lot to say about education, but what is the evidence behind these debates? This book walks you through all the most important issues in education, comparing commonly-held beliefs with simple summaries of the evidence, providing you with clear, jargon-free information. It covers topics including school choice, testing and assessment, homework and revision, primary- and secondary-specific topics, stress and mental health, and special needs. Most importantly it ensures you will be able to ask schools the right questions, interact positively with teachers and effectively support your child throughout their education.

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