From the Desk of the Headteacher

9th March 2018

With the subject of homework so much at the forefront of parents discussions, I read this article on the BBC website that may interest our parents:
“Parents in the UK are much less likely to spend more than an hour per day helping with their children's homework compared with parents in other countries, a survey suggests.
A survey of 27,830 parents in 29 countries found only 11% of UK parents spent an hour per day helping their children, far behind 62% in India.
But 87% of UK parents valued the quality of their children's teachers. This was among the highest levels of any of the surveyed countries. Kenyan parents had the most positive view of their teachers, with 92% rating them as good.
Valuing 'happiness'
The survey, commissioned by the Varkey Foundation, which organises the annual Global Teacher Prize, has compared the attitudes and priorities of parents in a range of different countries.
There were many common attitudes - with parents concerned about whether their children would get good jobs and careers. But in terms of worries about their children's future, parents in the UK were well above average in being concerned about terrorism and conflict, a pattern also seen in France and Germany.
When deciding on the type of school they wanted for their children, UK parents prioritised a sense of "ethos" and high academic results.
But compared with other countries, parents in the UK were also likely to put a high emphasis on "happiness" for children in school.”
As a parent I know how challenging it can be to find quality time with our children and for me it’s about providing these opportunities for our children to grow. Opening the door and encouraging them to walk through, making the most of all the experiences life has to offer. 
Stuart Pywell
Head Teacher: Mr. Stuart Pywell Address: Hales Drive, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7AD Tel: 01227 464119 Email: admin@ststephensjuniorschool.co.uk
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