Published in 1993, this book explores the rights that parents have been given over their children’s schooling. Parents now have the right to choose the school their children will attend and to be involved with school management. These rights and roles for parents as customers and managers are intended to make schools more responsive to parental concerns and to improve school quality. This book considers these new roles of parents, how they affect traditional notions of home-school partnerships, and the effect on schools. It will appeal to those interested in home-school relations, in educational governance, and in comparing British policy in these areas with that of Europe.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByPamela Munn

chapter 2|16 pages

Parental rights in schooling

ByRuth Jonathan

chapter 3|20 pages

Preconceptions about parents in education

Will Europe change us?
ByAlastair Macbeth

chapter 4|18 pages

Parental choice and the enhancement of children’s interests

ByMichael Adler

chapter 5|22 pages

Parents as school governors

ByMichael Golby

chapter 6|14 pages

Parents as school board members

School managers and friends?
ByPamela Munn

chapter 7|16 pages

Parents as partners

Genuine progress or empty rhetoric?
ByJohn Bastiani

chapter 8|14 pages

Home–school relations

A perspective from special education
BySeamus Hegarty

chapter 9|17 pages

Ethnic minorities

Involved partners or problem parents?
BySally Tomlinson

chapter 10|21 pages

Parents and schools

What role for education authorities?
ByCharles Raab

chapter 11|11 pages


ByPamela Munn