'Championing the rights of children'

Parents 'baffled by Inset days', teachers are told

Garry Tue 15 Apr 2014 16:38

Parents are often baffled as to why schools in England close for in-service training days , or 'Inset' days, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt says.

Speaking at a teachers' conference, Mr Hunt said schools had a duty to explain to parents how these days improved children's education.

He said schools should inform parents what skills teachers are developing.

Inset days were introduced in 1988 by the then Conservative Education Secretary, Kenneth Baker.

The training days, which acquired the nickname 'Baker days', were brought in as part of a raft of changes, including the introduction of a national curriculum.

'Information black-hole'
Addressing the Association of Teachers and Lecturers annual conference in Manchester, Mr Hunt said: "If we want to build a progressive case for professional development... then we need to take parents with us.

"And one of the elements of the school calendar that really baffles them is Inset days.

Read more... (BBC News - 15 April)