Read the sections on ‘researching schools’ and ‘researching parents’ on pages 168 to 171 and, working in pairs, answers these questions:
- School records are confidential. Suggest three types of school records that you would not be allowed to access. Why is this so?
- In order to access the views of parents, you decide to give out a questionnaire at a Parents Evening for Year 10. Would this give you a clear idea of all parents’ views? Explain your answer.
- Why might it be difficult to measure the extent of parental influence on pupils’ progress at school?
- In what way are school pupils a ‘captive population?’