Parental engagement

Parental participation and pupil outcomes

The importance of parental participation in primary education is clear, especially for those considered ‘hard-to-reach’. Yet how much of a priority does your school give to this agenda? Donna Chambers reports on her research into engaging with parents and the links to pupil outcomes


Parental engagement: Building strong relations

A positive home-school relationship is an important part of helping your new pupils to settle in. The ethos and practice you establish now will be what your parents will come to expect. Suzanne O’Connell identifies some ways of getting these partnerships off to a good start in the new school year


Case study: Engaging disadvantaged families

An initiative at Catton Grove Primary School is opening up the countryside for its disadvantaged children while also engaging parents with life-skills courses. Emma Lee-Potter finds out more




Diary of a parent: The vital role of PSHE

After seeing how girls can be treated by boys, even at primary school, our parent diarist is adamant that PSHE and sex and relationships education must be on the curriculum for all pupils


Diary of a Parent: Rewards? Or bribery?

Using rewards (or bribery) is seemingly a necessary part of raising and educating a child, but do we rely on this approach too much? Our parent diarist reflects on the impact on her own child


Engaging parents with PSHE

PSHE covers a range of issues that are vital to the health and wellbeing of children and, as such, the involvement and support of parents is key. Jan Lever discusses how teachers can work with parents and carers to boost PSHE programmes



What is the key to school-readiness?

Recent research reveals that almost a third of children are not considered ready for the classroom when they start primary school. But what does this mean for schools? Amy Cook takes a closer look at ‘school-readiness’, exploring the implications of the problem and some possible solutions





Setting up a PTA

Headteacher David Barnett offers some advice on how to successfully introduce a Parent Teacher Association to your school community



Family Homework Project: Learning together

The Family Homework project, run by five primary schools in London, has proved successful at engaging parents and encouraging families to work and learn together. Jon Swain and JD Carpentieri explain more


'Structured conversations' to engage parents

Quality parent/carer engagement has a positive impact on pupil attainment. But it is about more than just ‘getting on’ with them and requires deeper, more meaningful links. Professor Sonia Blandford discusses the potential of 'structured conversations'



Ask Brenda – How do I engage parents?

I am a new head in my first headship at a small primary school and am finding it very hard to engage the parents with my new ideas for the school. What can I do to bring them with me? Or should I perhaps slow down the pace of change?


Effective consultation with your parents

With recent changes to the Ofsted framework giving greater prominence to the views of key stakeholders, schools need to find new ways of gathering and responding to feedback. Dorothy Lepkowska reports


Working with your parents

Nick Bannister reviews some recent research and talks to primary leaders about how schools can take their parental engagement to the next level


Reaching all parents

Getting parents involved has always been a priority at Easington Colliery Primary School. Headteacher Harry Weightman recently took this a step further by publishing pupil information online via their parent portal.

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