DES Circular 15/77 (1977)
This circular set out the nature and extent of the information the Secretary of State believed schools should provide.
Circular 15/77 was prepared for the web by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 15 July 2017.
Circular 15/77 (1977)
Information for Parents
Department of Education and Science
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
1. This circular is about the provision of written information for parents. Most local education authorities and the county and voluntary schools maintained by them are already actively concerned to foster communication between parents and schools. One aspect of such communication is the provision for parents in a readily accessible form of basic information about individual schools and about various matters of concern to parents which will be common to the local education authority as a whole or to all the schools in a particular area. The Secretary of State welcomes the arrangements made by many authorities and schools to enable parents to get to know schools and their staffs through visits, open days and a wide variety of formal and informal contacts but considers that the provision of written information is for many purposes equally important. The Secretary of State recognises that the variation between areas in the amount and detail of information made available to parents may to some extent reflect differing local circumstances, but she would wish to encourage the practice already followed in many areas of making information in written form available to parents about the schools their children are attending or may attend and the opportunities available to them, at all appropriate stages throughout their children's school careers, and not only at the transitional points leading to secondary education and post-16 education.
2. The Secretary of State believes that it would be helpful to authorities, schools and parents if she were to set out the nature and extent of the information she considers should normally be made available to parents in written form as and when appropriate in relation to their children's school careers. The provision of adequate information in a simple duplicated or printed form need not involve expenditure on any significant scale: in many cases all that will be necessary is some reorganisation or rationalisation of the resources at present devoted to the provision of information. The sort of information which the Secretary of State considers should normally be made available to parents would include the items listed below; many are specific to individual schools, but some will be common to more than one school or to the authority as a whole, and might best be prepared by the authority:-
i. The name, address and telephone number of the school, the hours it is open and the dates of term times; the address and telephone number of the Local Education Authority and Divisional Education Office.3. It is particularly important that parents who are newcomers to this country should be given basic written information, if necessary in languages other than English, about the educational opportunities available to their children. For these parents (and more generally in areas where literacy is low) there should also be adequate opportunities for oral enquiry and discussion.
4. Finally, the Secretary of State hopes that authorities will keep under continual review their arrangements for supplying information to parents about all stages of the educational process, and that parents will respond by co-operating in every way they can. She believes that this will contribute greatly to the forging of closer links between home and school and will have beneficial results for parents, teachers and pupils.
To Local Education Authorities