When priorities clash...

Recent events show that sometimes what parents, children and schools want doesn’t always match up, a fact that presents a particular challenge for school leaders, according to Sarah Hannafin

The recent climate change protest or the current debate around what is and isn’t taught in relationships and sex education, or religious education have thrown up interesting questions for schools.

A school leader’s responsibility is to ensure that children attend school, are kept safe and receive a good quality of education.

Parents may want their children in school or out of school depending on their own world view. And pupils’ views might be in sharp contrast to the adults around them.

Even if the law is quite clear, the right decision is not always easy to reach. Even if everyone’s intentions are for the best, things can get awkward.

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