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Parental engagement: Building on lockdown relationships

The further re-opening of schools will still involve a large role for remote education and home learning. Ben Case looks at how the improvements in parental engagement that we have seen during lockdown can be built upon as pupils begin to return to the classroom

Since schools closed to the majority of pupils in March, there has been a huge increase in teachers and parents/carers working together to support children’s learning at home.

Despite some of the challenges, it has demonstrated everyone’s commitment to helping children to continue to learn and progress.

Research shows that parental involvement in children’s learning has a positive effect on their performance in school (Clark, 2007).

Before lockdown, parent engagement was important in every primary school but following the move to remote learning it became mission critical.

Now, as schools begin the process of potentially welcoming back more children from June 1, what have we learnt about parental engagement that we should continue to apply as the school gates cautiously begin to open wider?

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