Welcome to Parentkind in England - here you'll find information on how we give a voice to those in a parenting role in England through our policy work.
What are the latest policy developments in England?
All Party Parliamentary Group for Parental Participation in Education
In 2020, Parentkind became the secretariat for the APPG for Parental Participation in Education, which is chaired by Ian Mearns MP. The purpose of the group is to promote the benefits of parents being actively engaged in their children’s education, and to build close and successful relationships between homes and schools. During each meeting, we present evidence of our latest parent voice research to MPs, peers and other interested education stakeholders.
National PTA Week cited in the House of Commons
National PTA Week was mentioned in the House of Commons, by Ian Mearns MP and Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg. It was added as an early day motion.
Ofsted review into sexual abuse in schools and colleges
Ofsted was asked by the government to carry out a rapid review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges and Parentkind was a member of this reference group. The group discussed whether the existing safeguarding framework was strong enough, and how schools and colleges can be supported to deliver the new RSHE curriculum. You can find out more about the review here.
IPPR’s ‘The New Normal - The Future of Education after Covid-19’
We partnered with researchers from the Institute for Public Policy Research for a report called 'The New Normal - The Future of Education after Covid-19'. It suggests that "…most [parents] want a bigger role in their children’s education in the future. This should be embraced, as most studies conclude that increased parental engagement leads to better outcomes. We must take the opportunity we have been given to reset the relationship between schools, parents and their children." Despite the wealth of evidence that parental engagement matters in helping all children to reach their potential, there is currently no formalised framework for schools to harness its benefits. Not only that, but strategies for working in partnership with parents differ from school to school.
Even Better Together: A new chapter for parent-school relations?
Parentkind is part of a roundtable organised by Firefly Learning. A report has been published entitled ‘Even Better Together: A new chapter for parent-school relations?’ After teaching was moved into a virtual space during the coronavirus pandemic, a revitalised relationship between home and school was seen. This report looks at how that partnership can be strengthened even further.
Who do we work with?
We regularly meet and share policy developments with other education stakeholders including the Department for Education (DfE), National Education Union (NEU), The Chartered College of Teaching, National Governance Association (NGA) and the Parental Engagement Network. We have spoken to representatives from Ofsted and Ofqual, and we reach out to a wide range of other organisations.
How do we raise parent voice issues with policymakers?
We actively present parent viewpoints with education decision-makers including ministers and shadow ministers, the Education Select Committee, MPs and the former Education Recovery Commissioner. We achieve this through 1-1 meetings and writing responses based on parent voice evidence to policy-focused consultations from the DfE, National Audit Office, Future Perfect Education Commission, Ofqual, Ofsted and others.
Who are we?
Greg Ellwood-Hughes is Policy and Media Officer for Parentkind. You can get in touch with Greg by emailing him.