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Parental engagement and communication

Parental engagement can be easier said than done, but there are a number of simple techniques and approaches that can work when building trust and relationships with parents. Al Kingsley explains

“But I can’t do their homework!” For so many parents, this is the perception of them being involved with their child’s education – and for many of them, understandably, it is an alarming prospect.

After all, it has been many years since they were at school and education has changed significantly since then. No wonder the instinct is to turn and run.

At secondary school level, this is just one of the obstacles that schools need to overcome if they are to get parents involved in their children’s education. Even though parental engagement is not a new concept, getting them on board is still a challenge. But schools must try if their students are to experience the benefits that extensive research has shown it brings (Epstein et al, 2017).

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