Parental engagement and involvement in children’s learning is perhaps the most under-used resource in raising children’s achievement in school. Most schools recognise the importance of the home-school partnership and try to engage parents in supporting their children’s education, but these efforts often fail to reach a significant proportion of parents, and especially those whose children would benefit the most.
Together with Families can help your school to use best-practice methods of engaging parents, based on research showing what works in modern British schools. Below are some of the ways in which we could help you to maximise children’s achievement by improving parental engagement – or contact us to discuss a bespoke package for your school.
Start at the beginning
The recent Ofsted Early Years report (April 2014) highlighted the concerns of many early years teachers and heads that children entering school lack the language, social skills, concentration and emotional regulation to function in the classroom. To address this, there is an increasing number of ‘ready for school’ resources available, but few have any sound research base to evidence their effectiveness.
Together with Families offers schools the training, resources and support to run the Incredible Years© School Readiness Programme* for parents of children entering school or nursery. This evidence-based 4-6 week programme helps schools to build strong relationships with parents from the start, while giving parents skills to enhance their children’s social and emotional competence in preparation for learning in the classroom environment.
Building strong home-school partnerships
Teachers are trained to work with children. Few receive any training in building positive relationships with parents, or in ways of engaging parents in children’s learning. Yet research consistently shows that collaboration between parents and teachers throughout the school years is a key factor in improving attainment, as well as behaviour and attendance. This can be even more important when working with children with additional needs or challenging behaviour, whose parents have more frequent communication with school staff.
With extensive experience in education, parenting and additional needs, Together with Families offers training packages to support teachers and schools in developing strong home-schools partnerships based on knowledge of what works in practice. Contact us to discuss how we can help your school to engage parents more effectively in children’s learning.
Parenting workshops and support
Schools often recognise parents who may need additional support from time to time, but school staff may have little or no capacity to offer this. Together with Families works in partnership with schools to deliver parent workshops, group parenting courses or individual coaching sessions using programmes and strategies which are proven to work. All of these are based on a collaborative, partnership model of working with parents to enhance and promote positive parenting skills and a good home-learning environment.
Contact us to discuss how we could help your school,
Did you know?
Parental involvement in school activities not directly related to children’s learning has little impact on achievement.
The impact of parental engagement:
"The research shows a consistent relationship between increasing parental engagement (particularly of hard to reach parents) and improved attendance, behaviour and student achievement." (FROM: Engaging parents in raising achievement – Do Parents Know They Matter? By Professor Alma Harris and Dr Janet Goodall, University of Warwick. July 2007)
*The Incredible Years Parents and Children Series are used worldwide to promote positive parenting skills and to improve children’s outcomes.