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There is overwhelming evidence that parent participation in education helps our children do better in school, and it's pretty compelling: John Hattie's seminal 2008 study found that, “the effect of parental engagement over a student's school career is equivalent to adding two or three years to that student's education”.

Whether your child is in primary or secondary education, there are so many ways you can get involved with the school, whatever your circumstances, interests or skill-set.


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Five reasons to join a Parents' Association

If you're tempted to take an active role on the PTA, here are five great reasons to get stuck in. Find out more
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Why parent voice in schools matters

Want more of a say in school decision-making but not sure how to make your voice heard? Find out more
News, views and FAQs

News: We celebrate the PTAs supporting parent partnership in schools

Our research shows that the overwhelming majority, over eight in ten parents, support their school. By attending a parent consultation or an event, engaging with the school and parent community via social media or by simply filling out a questionnaire and giving your views, you are helping to make your school better and give your child a step-up. Read more.

In the news: An inspiring example of how engaging parents improves schools

'We tell the parents, "Your children deserve this. It is non-negotiable that your child will achieve their age-related expectations."' Read The Guardian article here.

What does a Parent Council do?

A parent council advises the head teacher and governors. As the name suggests, they are made up of parents, but members may be selected from a parent forum. The parent council often has formal links with the PTA and the two bodies can both work to improve the school.

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Each half term we send out our Parent eBulletin featuring our latest blogs, news articles and information to help you form great connections with your child's school, support their learning at home and have a voice in education. Sign up now!

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