Getting Parents Involved
Parents have the greatest influence on their child’s academic and social achievement through home learning
When the home and school work together there is a noticeable improvement in student behaviours, attitudes and attainment
Schools that create positive communications with the home establish relationships that are built on mutual respect and trust
Students respond well to their parent’s positive interactions with school, feeling supported and encouraged by their interest
Reasons why parents do not engage with their child’s learning and school
Personal negative experience of education
Low levels of literacy, numeracy and IT
English as a 2nd language
Fear of embarrassment or judgement
Fathers feel out of place within a predominantly female learning environment
How can you get parents to engage?
Make use of different ways of communicating
Take time to know the parent/s – their names, interests, goals, concerns etc
Have regular meetings and training & development opportunities for parents
Ensure positive feedback is given about their child as often as possible
Invite parents to contribute to some school decisions (where appropriate)
Thank parents for their involvement and contribution
Who will engage with parents?
Teaching staff do not have the time to dedicate hours each week to have meetings, run courses or deliver sessions for families
Learning Mentors and Pastoral Support staff are typically working with students who have additional learning or behavioural needs
Without a dedicated member of staff, you may not be reaching the parents / students who need the most support
A Parent Partnership Worker is the point of contact between parents and the school, promoting engagement which leads to positive learning outcomes for the student
What does a Parent Partnership Worker do?
Work with students who the school have identified as needing improved / increased home intervention
Work with targeted parents on a regular basis
Develop and deliver a partnership programme including:- 1-2-1 sessions, workshops, training courses and seminars that will improve their confidence and capabilities in becoming involved with their child’s learning and development
Signpost to outside agency support services
Improve and maintain school / home relationships to get the best learning outcome for the student and the school
You can make use of the Pupil Premium by contracting a Youth in Excellence Parent Partnership Worker to engage and support your students, their parents and the school.
Contact us for a discussion and rates
t: 020 3490 3883 / 07415 874 770