When parents are involved in children's learning and in their school lives, children do better at school and in life. That's why it's so important!  Being involved in your child's learning and school might mean volunteering at school, joining the Parent Council/PTA or spending time together at home - whatever is right for you and your child! Our fantastic range of helpful leaflets and resources for parents, Parent Councils and PTAs can be found in our Resources, Advice and Support section. Below, we set out the six types of parental and family engagement advocated by Dr Joyce Epstein as part of the US Partnership Schools programme. Under these headings, you will find links to help you as well as Success Stories which describe creative ideas for supporting children and families. 

The SIX keys to successful school, family and community partnerships...

1. Parenting

Parenting is not easy, with new challenges around every corner. We can learn from one another and schools can help parents and families by understanding their needs and circumstances

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2. Communicating

Find out how to develop effective forms of school-to-home and home-to-school communications. This makes all the difference to children's learning

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3. Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way of supporting children, young people and schools. Volunteering can mean a host of different activities

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4. Learning At Home

Here we provide information for families about helping children and young people with homework, learning activities, course decisions and future plans

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5. Decision Making

Including parents in school decisions is good practice and will help to develop effective parent leaders and representatives

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6. Working With The Community

Working in partnership with local businesses and organisations and utilising community resources and services benefits pupils, families and the schools

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