Parents and families are the first educators of their children.
Parents continue to influence their children’s learning and development during the school years and beyond. This is why it is important for parents and schools to work together in partnership, see the Catholic Education Melbourne Policy 2.25 Parents as Partners.
Research demonstrates that effective schools have high levels of parent and community engagement. Such engagement with the school is strongly related to enhanced wellbeing, positive behaviours and improved student learning.
Catholic Education Melbourne has a range of resources and information for parents to assist them to engage in partnership with their local parish primary school and secondary schools.
Note: terms ‘parents’ and ‘family’ are used interchangeably and refer to any adult caregiver or group of caregivers who play a primary role in a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development including grandparents, foster parents and extended family members.
Parent Engagement in Action resource
The Parent Engagement in Action resource guides school leaders through a process of reflection and evaluation focusing on parental engagement across four key focus areas: Relationships, Learning, Leadership, and Reflection. It consists of two components: The Guide and The Toolkit.
It is designed to assist school leaders and teachers to examine what they are doing well to engage parents in learning, and where they can improve. Leaders can use the Parent Engagement in Action resource to help their parish and school community form a deeper understanding of parent engagement. They are offered a selection of tools to assist with the collection and analysis of existing and new data around parent engagement, including the School Improvement Framework data. There is as much emphasis on formal data and research as there is on local information and knowledge. School leaders are encouraged to use the information gathered through this resource to evaluate and plan for improvement.
Other Parent Resources
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