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 schools do?

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

Student engagement infographic


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