Originally published in 1988, this book was an up to the minute account of the way in which recent government initiatives, including the 1986 Act, would affect accountability and the quest for greater partnership between schools and parents.

It pinpoints the central issues of the current debates at the time in a lucid and highly readable way, asking how public commitment to education can be created and sustained, how minimum standards can be reconciled with local variety and freedom, how choice for parents can be reconciled with equal opportunity for children, how less confident and articulate parents can become involved and how a sense of common purpose can be fostered among the confident minority. The book provided an up-to-date assessment of progress in parental involvement; an account of the recent movement here and overseas; and a detailed working guide to the development of school government under the 1986 Act and beyond.

While providing an important critique of the consumerist approach to education, the author argues the case, illustrated with practical examples, for a new approach emphasising partnership, mutual accountability, better communication, more open habits be LEAs and more democratic practices within schools, involving staff, governors and parents.

chapter Chapter One|10 pages

Beyond the School Gates

chapter Chapter Two|13 pages

The Power of the Market Place

chapter Chapter Three|22 pages

Parents: Clients or Partners?

chapter Chapter Four|16 pages

'My Door is Always Ajar'

chapter Chapter Five|23 pages

The Parents' Voice

chapter Chapter Six|14 pages

Parents in Other Countries

chapter Chapter Seven|28 pages

Agents of Accountability: Governors before 1975

chapter Chapter Eight|18 pages

Moving towards Partnership in School Government, 1975-86

chapter Chapter Nine|35 pages

Making Partnership Work