Challenges facing the implementation of a parenting programme within a mainstream school setting

Mansell, Christopher David (2013). Challenges facing the implementation of a parenting programme within a mainstream school setting. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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During the period of the Labour government schools were actively encouraged, and funded, to provide extended services to support parents. A number of schools decided to support families through the delivery of parenting programmes. Given that there was a paucity of research into parenting programmes when delivered in universal population samples in mainstream school settings this research seeks to gain understanding of their impact in this context. The research examined a cohort of parents participating in a programme in a mainstream school setting. In addition, key policy makers, both locally and nationally, were interviewed in order to garner knowledge of the influences on delivering parenting programmes. The research concluded that national policy was moving from a ‘reactionary’ to a ‘preventative’ model of delivering parenting programmes; this was being replicated in the local authority examined. Funding mechanisms for school had recently changed, removing the necessity for schools to support families; equally Ofsted was placing less emphasis on this aspect of the work of a school. Qualitative data in the fieldwork suggested there had been some improvements in the relationship between the parents and children studied; quantifiable data and evidence for improvements in the children’s behaviour at the school was less robust.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools


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