Nationally recognised local author Sue Palmer will talk to local parents on 17 March.
The former Edinburgh teacher and Borders headteacher – a regular contributor to Radio 4's Today programme and recently voted (by the Evening Standard) one of the 20 most influential educational thinkers in Britain – is a persuasive voice on how young children should be encouraged and protected. She has talked to staff at the school before, but this is the first time she has been invited to address pupils’ parents.
Broughton PS Headteacher Alan Devine, is an admirer, partly because her views on children's lack of sleep being responsible for much low attainment chime with his own observations. He describes her as ‘very knowledgeable, witty, down-to-earth and a great speaker’.
Recent publications by Palmer include Toxic Childhood and 21st Century Boys. She will talk at 7pm and all parents are welcome.
For an interesting variety of opinions on Palmer – not all of them by any means favourable – see the initial blog and then subsequent responses at: www.1.bp.blogspot.com.