Why is parental engagement important?
The evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families are a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life.*
- When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.
- When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, help them plan for post secondary study, and make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, their children do better in school.
- When schools engage families in ways that are linked to improving learning, students make greater gains.
- When schools build partnerships with families that respond to their concerns and honour their contributions, they are successful in sustaining connections that are aimed at improving student achievement.
*A New Wave of Evidence. The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement. Annual Synthesis 2002 (Henderson & Mapp, 2002, USA).
What can parents do?
Parents play a pivotal role in student success:
- ACT Parent Engagement Fact Sheets
- Building maths skills from the early years
- Goal setting with your child
- Parent tips for middle school
- Some ways parents can help teachers
What can schools do?
When students are motivated to learn, focus and attention comes easily.
Some resources to get you started in creating family school partnership in your school:
- The Parent Engagement Project
- Review of Current Practice
- Toolkit for parents, principals and teachers on doing what matters most
- Strengthening Family and Community Engagement in Student Learning – Interactive PDF
- Dimensions of Family and Community Engagement at a Glance
Interested in what the research says about parent engagement?
- What is parent engagement?
- Family, School and Community Partnership Bureau research by ARACY: Parent engagement in learning, lessons from research