Collaborating with the Community

Forging links between the school, parents and the wider community is a fantastic way to create a sense of connection and of belonging for families. Collaborating with the community involves Parent Councils, schools and teachers identifying and using resources and services from the community to help support the school community and children and young people's learning.

Tips for schools, teachers and parent groups to encourage working with the community

For example, schools, teachers and parent groups can

  • provide families with information on community activities
  • work with local businesses, faith-based or other community organisations on programmes to enhance pupil skills
  • organise after-school activities with support from community businesses, agencies or volunteers
  • organise inter-generational events and programmes with local senior citizen groups. 

 

Resources

Advertising and Sponsorship in Schools - Nine Things to Consider

Advertising and Sponsorship in Schools - Nine Things to Consider

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A Simple Guide to Equality and Fairness

A Simple Guide to Equality and Fairness for Parent Councils and PTAs

Resource Members Only

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What is Partnership Schools Scotland?

Connect's explanation of its fantastic parental engagement in education Partnership Schools Scotland project What is Partnership Schools Scotland?

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Success Stories

A Parent Council creates a cookbook - Edzell Primary School Parent Council, Angus

Creating a fundraising cookbook was easy using a specialist publisher

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Fundraising - St Columbkille’s Primary School Parent Council, Rutherglen

St Columbkille Primary School parents fundraise with the community and bring everyone together

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Pupil Equity Fund - Levenmouth Academy, Buckhaven

Levenmouth Academy consult parents about spending their Pupil Equity Fund

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STEM Family Activity Day - St Francis Primary School, Glasgow

A family Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths day brings together the whole community

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Bereavement Support Initiative - Meldrum Primary, Aberdeenshire

A parent group looks to the wider community for advice on bereavement

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Tesco’s #BagsofHelp Initiative - Meldrum Parents in Partnership, Aberdeenshire

Meldrum Parents in Partnership (MPiP) receives funding from the Tesco’s #Bagsofhelp initiative

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Sports Day - Cortachy Primary School, Angus

A school community comes together to enjoy a school event

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Parental Involvement - Earlston Primary School Parent Council, Scottish Borders

Earlston PS Parent Council holds a marketplace-type event to share information

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International Day - Flora Stevenson's Primary School, Edinburgh

The school community takes part in a day-long celebration of different cultures and countries

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Getting Parents Involved in Parent Councils - Glamis Primary School, Angus

Glamis Primary School sets up a new Parent Council and encourages involvement

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Parent Council Facebook Page - Middleton Park Primary Parent Council, Aberdeen

Setting up a Facebook page helps with communications

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Parent Council Facebook Page - Giffnock Primary School Parent Council, East Renfrewshire

A Facebook Page helps a Parent Council to share information with parents

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School Calendars - Dunbar Primary School Parent Council, East Lothian

A school calendar is produced with support from parents

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School Grounds and Gardening Club - Dunbar Primary School Parent Council, East Lothian

Partnership-working has produced great results for Dunbar Primary School

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