Working effectively with parents

Research shows student wellbeing and academic success is enhanced when parents are involved in their child's educational journey. However, schools often find reaching and engaging with their parent community is one of their most difficult tasks.

Some ideas to bring parents on board include:

  • Ensure parents are known (by name) and welcomed to the school
  • Involve parents in school committees (including policy development and review)
  • Conducting learning activities - including those provided by their own children, such as use of digital devices and applications - are a good way to engage parents
  • Keep meetings succinct and ensure activities commence and close at the stated times
  • Think about providing food: schools with cooking facilities can involve parents in preparation and presentation of hospitality.

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