Exploring the importance of parental engagement for schools

 

What is parental engagement?
The definition of parental engagement in schools is: parents and school staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents.

Parental involvement in education can have many positive effects on a child’s learning and wellbeing, with parental support being instrumental in developing children’s skills and confidence. Studies have shown a clear correlation between parental engagement and children achieving their potential.

What role do schools play in parental engagement?
Parental engagement needs to be orchestrated by the school, giving parents an opportunity to raise any issues or concerns they have with the school or indeed their child. The school has a responsibility to communicate with these parents and implement changes which ultimately help improve their child’s performance. But in a world where the opportunity to communicate is bigger than ever, there are still so many barriers and issues to overcome, which a parental engagement strategy works to overcome.

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What are the benefits of parental engagement?..

Schools have seen many benefits by implementing parental engagement strategies, including:


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Higher student attendance

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More homework completed

 

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Children bonding better

 

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Cut out parent-teacher conflict


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Higher grades

 
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Positive attitude and behaviour
The research is unequivocal - parents involvement in their child's education improves outcomes. Parents are key partners and are also an important resource for schools. The critical role that mums, dads and carers play in supporting their child's learning needs to be better understood and taken more seriously by the government, by schools and by parents themselves.

Emma Williams

PTA UK, 2016

Emma Williams - PTA

10 steps to better parental engagement in your school


If you’re looking to improve your own parental engagement strategy, read our 10 steps to improve parental involvement in schools. The ten steps overview everything you need to do to create a strategy, roll it out to the whole school, involve parents, get feedback and measure results.

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Define and map the strategy

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Give the pupil the opportunity to shape their education

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Implement the strategy internally to gain feedback

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Ensure parents feel they are being heard

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Ensure parents recognise the key role they play

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Be flexible to suit parents' needs

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Give parents the confidence to teach their children

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Minimise barriers hindering parent-teacher engagement

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Give parents regular and useful information on their child

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Continue analysing and refining

 

Download our free eBook on parental engagement to find out more


 

To help you create a committed parental engagement strategy for your school, we've created an eBook exploring the topic.

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This eBook provides readers with an overview of the academic findings, as well as taking a practical approach to implementing a parental engagement strategy.

This eBook contains:

  • A detailed 10 step guide on how you can effectively implement a parental engagement strategy within your school.

  • A summary of the academic research and findings on the benefits of parental engagement.

  • Best practice examples of parental engagement.

  • A breakdown of the best engagement technology solutions for schools.



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