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Home Visiting

John Morris

Three volunteer teachers arranged home interviews for each pupil in their class, offering parents the choice of an interview at home or at school. As more than half the parents opted for a home visit, it was possible to make some comparison between the relative effectiveness of the two methods. At this early stage not all the staff were wholly in favour of the home visit scheme; there was some reticence from the eight other staff members about the concept of interviewing in the home. With a role of 300 and a basic entitlement of ten teachers, it was considered best to start the pilot scheme using the three enthusiastic teachers, with the principal teaching their classes on the days that the three were released for interviewing. Had larger numbers been involved, the possibility of using part-time relieving teachers would have been investigated.

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