Parental engagement in learning
Every Parent Matters, published in March 2007, creates conditions for more parents to engage as partners at all stages in their children’s learning and development.
The involvement of parents in a child’s education has a lasting impact on their long-term achievements and social mobility and is a critical element in achieving the Every Child Matters agenda of children’s health, safety, achievement, social contribution and economic well-being. Parents, carers and families are recognized as having a vital role to play in helping their children and young people to achieve the best outcomes from their learning and school experiences.
Creating services and resources that respond to parents’ and children’s needs
Government does not bring up children - parents do, and, as such, services need to be shaped by, and responsive to, children, young people and their families. This principle underpins the Children’s Plan which sets out the goal that by 2020 parents are satisfied with the information and support they receive.
The Children's Plan: Progress Report, published in December 2008, made clear the strategy for improving parents' engagement in children's learning and development through direct support for parents and mainstreaming parental engagement as a priority through the education system.
The Government is acting to strengthen parental engagement across four strands of activity:
- influencing parents’ behaviour to encourage more of them to engage with their children’s learning and development
- influencing practice at institutional level by building and sharing knowledge on effective practice
- equipping the workforce with the skills needed to support engagement by parents
- improving accountability for support for parental engagement within the school system
Going further, the White Paper Your child, your schools, our future outlined plans to legislate to:
- Strengthen Home School Agreements (HSAs) to make clear the specific responsibilities of parents, schools and children, including for behaviour, to get the best for every child.
- Introduce a Parent Guarantee to ensure that all parents can have a consistent expectation of the services and support they receive from their child’s school. This will include providing parents with the opportunity, information and support they need to be involved and engaged in their child’s learning and development.
These commitments are being fulfilled through the introduction of the Children, Schools and Families Bill on 19 November 2009.
Resources and homework kits to support parental engagement
A range of resources are available to help parents, carers and families of school-aged children to actively engage in their child’s learning at home, and to support practitioners and intermediaries working alongside families.
Full details are available on the Parental engagement in learning: Resources page.
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Last updated on 15/03/2010