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A GCSE in parenting?

The government’s poverty tsar is wrong about what will most help struggling families, says the Young Foundation's Yvonne Roberts. Listen to them debate his ideas here

By Yvonne Roberts   December 2010

Listen: Frank Field discusses his proposal of a GCSE in parenting with Yvonne Roberts


Labour MP Frank Field, the coalition’s new poverty tsar, believes that family life among the poor is under threat. The culprits, according to him, are “toerag parents” living in “a state of permanent squalor and hostility.” Selfishness, sloth and sexual impropriety mark the behaviour of too many of the poor, he argues, to the detriment of their children and society as a whole. Part of the remedy, he believes, is  parenting lessons—at school.

Field, who chairs the independent review on poverty and life chances,…

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