Parental Engagement

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:

What can schools do?

When students are motivated to learn, focus and attention comes easily.

Student engagement infographic

Some resources to get you started in creating family school partnership in your school:

Interested in what the research says about parent engagement?