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Participating
This key dimension emphasises
  • Activities that recognise that families’ time, energy and expertise can support learning and all contributions are valuable
  • Activities that involve families in working with students in classrooms, with the school, or participating in other school/ community activities
  • Activities that enable parents to engage with student learning as a means of supporting and valuing teachers and their shared co-responsibility in the education of children

Research Information

"Traditional definitions of family involvement (eg volunteering, chaperoning, parent-teachers conferences) persist, despite advances in research and practice" (Bouffard & Weissd, 2008)

Research has shown that in order to raise achievement, parents need to be both involved in schools and engaged in learning (Harris and Goodal; 2007)
 

Watch a video to see a model of parent participation in a Primary School.

Activities / What can be done

  • Provide training opportunities to ensure there is appropriate understanding of the protocols and responsibilities required of volunteer roles.
  • Map the current parent volunteer programs in the school and plan ways to add layers of involvement appropriate to need.
  • Provide encouragement and training for parents to be actively involved and confident to take on roles.

Resources / What you can use

Prayers for parent meetings

A variety of prayers that can be used for opening parent meetings. Themes are Beginning; Welcome; Building Bridges; Hope; Respect; Recognition; Example; Values; Unity and Diversity and Endings

Establishing a Parent Network within Secondary Schools

This outline suggests a process for creating a parent network within secondary schools to develop a sense of community and build personal links for families from years 7-12. The team develops positive transition processes and provides opportunities for ongoing relationshsips across the school community.

Guidelines for Effective Meetings - meeting manners

A simple and practical mini handout for meetings. Cut each sheet in half, laminate and spread across tables as prompting cards about courtesy, manners and respecting others

Case Studies / What others have done

There are no case studies available at this time. If you would like to submit your school’s story as a case study please contact us