Blueprint Key Drivers

On this page you will find the five key drivers for parental participation and links to supporting resources. For more information on each driver please see the Blueprint document.

1. Leadership, Ethos and Resources

Leadership at a school determines how effectively actions will be taken to improve parental participation as well as being key to creating the conditions in which parent participation can thrive. In general, head teachers or members of the senior leadership team are, and should be, in charge of parental engagement in their schools.

Resources to support this key driver include:

 

2. Effective Two-Way Communication

Building a relationship of trust between school and community, parents and teachers is vital, especially if there are likely to be some potentially challenging conversations further down the line. If schools can allay anxieties and parents feel able to open up about important factors that may affect children’s learning and behaviour in school, then both sides can focus their conversations on working together to support the child.

Resources to support this key driver include:

 

3. Supporting Learning at home

Parents want to support their child, and where teachers can tap into this motivation and highlight things for parents to do, it can supercharge a child’s education and raise levels of achievement. When parents share a positive attitude towards learning and school, they create a home learning environment that has a positive impact on children’s attainment and that complements the work of schools.

Resources to support this key driver include:

  • A case-study on Supporting learning at home from Bentley High Street Primary Academy developed as part of Parentkind’s pilot project in the Doncaster Opportunity Area.
  • A case-study on Supporting learning at home from Don Valley Academy Secondary School developed as part of Parentkind’s pilot project in the Doncaster Opportunity Area.

 

4. Involvement in school life

Parental involvement in schools relates to the extent to which parents play a role in volunteering in school life. Getting parents involved builds trust and lays the foundations for positive longer-term collaborations.

Resources to support this key driver include:

  • Parentkind materials on how parents and schools can start a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is great way to bring together parents, teachers and your local community to raise funds and to support the school.
  • A case-study on Involvement in school life from Brooke Primary Academy developed as part of Parentkind’s pilot project in the Doncaster Opportunity Area.

 

5. Community Engagement

It is important for schools engage with the wider parent communities outside the school gates. Parent communities are made up of many cultures that can enrich the school but this diversity can also present barriers and inequalities to participation. Schools can work with their local communities to draw on specialist knowledge, skills and resources in mutually beneficial ways and to respond to a wide range of parents’ and children’s educational, social, health and wellbeing needs.

Resources to support this key driver include:

  • A case-study on Community Engagement from Woodlands Primary School, developed as part of Parentkind’s pilot project in the Doncaster Opportunity Area
  • Parentkind case studies on how schools have adopted parental engagement initiatives to improve their relationship with wider parent communities.

Please also see other toolkits, frameworks and resources from other sector organisations, available via our website.

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