Parent Engagement: Building a Welcoming Community and developing a Parent Friendly School
When parents are engaged and involved, everyone
What is the role of the P&F?
P&F Teams in the Broken Bay Diocese are encouraged to support
and help parents to engage with their school and to engage in the
education of their children.
Research shows ....
# that children do better at school when parents are engaged with their
child’s learning and wellbeing both at school and at home.
Research indicates that...
# that parents should be partners with schools in their child’s learning
and that education is a shared responsibility of schools, parents and
What guides your work?
It is recommended that P&F teams provide leadership to their school communities in the following 3 areas:
1. Building positive relationships and a welcoming school
P&F Teams are encouraged to develop a positive and welcoming school climate
in which all parents’perspectives,needs,values and ideas are heard and considered
in the planning of events and meetings.
The opportunities for parents to be involved in and engaged in activities and for
communication strategies to reach all parents need to be investigated.
2. Parent engagement in learning and wellbeing
Parent involvement that is focused on student learning has the greatest impact on student achievement. P&F Teams are encouraged to provide opportunities for parents to become aware of their vital role in their child's learning and well-being both at school and at home.
P&F efforts should look into engaging parents in ways that create stronger educational and pastoral relationships between the school and parents.
3. Supporting Schools SIP goals and Strategic Planning
Schools in the Broken Bay Diocese have 3 year Strategic Plans. Each year the school leadership team implement 3 School Improvement goals (SIPs) in the domains of
* Teaching and Learning,
* Student Wellbeing, and
P&F goals and activities should support their schools leadership team in the implementation of the schools SIP goals.
# P&F strategies should be linked to the educational and pastoral
goals of the school;
# P&F Executive meetings and general meetings should always reflect
on and work with the SIP goals;
# Resources to support these goals include people, time and knowledge
and the 'alignment' of these towards agreed SIP goals requires P&F
teams to 'know' their community.
From Presentation by Danielle Cronin (CCSP), Nov 2013
Ideas for ....
Welcoming activities and outreaching communication
Download: How Family/Parent Friendly is your P&F?
Fostering Parent Engagement
Supporting SIP Goals