Best Practice Focus: Effective parental engagement practice

How can secondary schools engage effectively with parents and carers? In this Best Practice Focus, we look at tenets of good practice, offering lots of ideas, tips and advice for communicating effectively and building strong relationships with your school’s families, handling conflict, using technology and more...

Author Matt Bromley looks at what the research says about parental engagement, considers some starting principles that schools should take on board, and looks at general parental engagement policies.

The guide also considers how we can protect teacher workload during this work and how schools can make the best use of technology, with a number of ideas being put forward.

This seven-page free pdf download published in January 2022 also offers tips for positive praise, making those phone calls home, and handling conflict or disagreements with parents.

Download this Best Practice Focus by clicking here.

And for more on this topic, an episode of the SecEd Podcast, hosted by Matt Bromley, interviews four school leaders to find out about effective parental engagement work in secondary schools, including innovative practice, the future of parents’ evenings, handling conflict, and what positive engagement looks like. Listen here.

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