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Are schools dad friendly?

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Are schools dad friendly? A question that is being asked as more and more dads take on the school runs and play an active role in their child’s education. Mums on the school run or stood chatting outside the school gates isn’t anything out of the ordinary. From the days when the majority of women stayed at home to look after the house and raise the family, through to working women juggling childcare and business, the school appears to have been the domain of the mum, with dad’s somehow left by the way side.

But the increasing number of stay at home dads, families where mum is the main breadwinner and a shift in men wanting to play a more active and informed role in their child’s education, has encouraged more men to be involved in their child’s school, but are they always dad friendly?are schools dad friendly?

Dads are important too!

The trouble is that dad’s still feel out of place in a school; they are designed for children and the majority of teachers, especially in primary schools, are women. Some men find it awkward being in a female dominated environment and interacting with women in authority figures and many men simply didn’t have a great experience of school in the own childhood and feel uncomfortable within a school setting.

But the involvement of dads in educational settings and children’s lives can have an enormous beneficial impact with recent statistics showing that primary school age children from single father families or those with a high father involvement can increase the likelihood of achieving A grades and reduce the chances of being expelled or suspended from school. It also suggests that the influence of a father has more impact than that of a mother when trying to achieve good grades.

Dads play a pivotal role

Given that dad’s do play a pivotal role in children’s education, schools should look to involve them more in all aspects rather than just male dominated activities like sports coaching and they should involve them from the start. When a child is registered in a school, there is likely to be just a main contact number or email, usually mums. By asking for both parents information, schools will be able to ensure that mails and texts about upcoming events or volunteer opportunities are aimed at dads too.are schools dad friendly?

Schools might want to make their waiting rooms or communal areas more dad friendly. Offer large adult sized chairs to sit on and posters relating to male health or male figures in history or education along with magazines that aren’t always geared at women would help men feel more welcomed in schools.

Arrange daddy days!

Arranging dad related invents is a great way of encouraging them into schools and sports days can be a great opportunity for dad races or organisational roles. Arranging career days where men can go into their child’s classroom and talk about what their job is, also opens new avenues into schools.

Schools should encourage dads to be involved in outside events as well such a joining the Parent Teacher Associations which tends to be aimed more at mums. If dads feel they can make a difference into how a school is run or how schools communicate with parents, they may be more inclined to become involved for the benefit of their own child.

Recognise achievements

Recognising fathers and their achievements is great for involving dads and creating a sense of pride within children. Award evenings or a notice board with pictures and stories children have written about their dads could be something to consider. With a little more effort and thought into how schools involve parents, we can ensure that a dad’s can also play a positive and productive role in a school and child’s development.

 

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About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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