Parental engagement

Coronavirus: Home-schooling – advice for parents

Schools are supporting home education via setting work and linking families to resources. However, why not also offer parents some basic teaching advice and tips for the facilitation of learning. Sean Harris explains


SEND: Engaging with your parents

In the last of three articles on parental engagement, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at SEND – an issue where effective and open collaboration and communication between parents and schools is vital


A guide to parent councils

One way to improve parental engagement, involvement and communication in your school is via a parent council. John Jolly from the charity Parentkind explains more and offers some tips


RSE, health education and parental consultation

Parental engagement with statutory relationships, sex and health education is a vital component of a successful curriculum. Leah Jewett offers her advice to primary schools ahead of September 2020


Parents and safeguarding

In the second of three articles on parental engagement issues, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at safeguarding and child protection and how schools can and should work with families



Parents’ evenings: What should be on the agenda?

In the first of three articles examining parental engagement, Dorothy Lepkowska looks at parents’ evenings and asks if there is a mismatch between what teachers want to discuss and what parents want to know...


Social media: How to stop parents from misusing it

The best way to deal with inappropriate social media use by parents is to proactively set expectations and to be clear on how you will respond to incidents. Kaley Foran explains what you can do if an issue does arise


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'

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