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Parental engagement: Some ideas and approaches

Parental engagement is key to successful student outcomes. Steve Burnage discusses some ideas and practical approaches to involving all parents and carers in their child’s learning and welfare

Where a school and a learner’s parents or carers work in partnership to support their learning journey and welfare, learners are far more likely to have a positive experience of school and more successful outcomes in terms of both learning and wellbeing.

So, what can schools do to build these positive partnerships? To start with, here are a couple of questions that might stimulate reflection or discussion at school:

Let’s consider our responses to the two questions. It would not be surprising to find that most strategies to engage parents are created and driven by the school. These are perfectly valid and can be of great benefit.

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