chapter  5
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The role of the school

The policy of schools towards children whose parents separate is ill-defined. Teachers advance some general reasons as to why they would like to know about parental separation. Some parents do inform the school about the breakdown of their marriage. Those who customarily have an ongoing relationship with the school inform the school about many events at home, many of which are of no great importance. Some pupils want their home life to have nothing to do with school, not because they feel ashamed of it but as a matter of personal preference. School organizations should ensure that the practices developed to support pupils and parents reflect the variety of family structures found in Britain and do not simple assume that their pupils are brought up in a traditional nuclear family. Teachers need basic counselling skills to encourage pupils to progress in their personal development and to share their problems where necessary.