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Recognising the Role of Families
This key dimension emphasises
  • An understanding that parents and families are their children's first and continuing educators and they have a lasting influence on their children’s attitudes and achievements throughout school
  • Parents, families, carers and teachers developing an understanding of each other’s roles, responsibilities and aspirations for the home-school partnership and fostering positive relationships
  • That families know and understand the school's goals, directions and ethos and that the school seeks to understand families' priorities and aspirations for their children
  • That schools explore the nature of the family's role in the education of children at home and offer strategies for family support and encouragement of children's learning at school

Research Information

"Research shows clearly that the concept of family-school partnerships is an idea whose time has come ...Yet it is a bold concept requiring substantial cultural change, both within schools and in attitudes towards schools".

Activities / What can be done

  • Use key points of transition to engage parents in discussions about student development and learning
  • Distribute useful parent information via newsletters and flyers.
  • Distribute information to teachers about positive communication with families and include quick activities in staff meetings that highlight the value of effective parent - school relationships

Resources / What you can use

Tackling Year 7 Pressure Points

There are some common pressure points that Year 7 students face when they leave the comfort of primary school and enter the exciting but somewhat overwhelming realm of secondary school. Here's some advice for parents on how to best support your child in their transition to secondary school.

Helping your child settle into Kindy

Starting ‘big school’ can be both exciting and a little scary for children. While the majority of children will settle in well to their new school and routine, some might also show signs that they are not coping as well as you might expect as a parent in those first few weeks. Here are some tips on helping your child settle into Kindergarten.

Smart Sleep Habits

Did you know that in Australia approximately 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived? Lisa Maltman from the Sleep Connection explains what sleep deprivation is and what parents can do to help their child develop smart sleep habits. This article was first seen in the Positive Times newsletter.

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