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Guidance and toolkits

This section includes guidance and toolkits that highlight a range of practice examples and strategies for the effective engagement of parents/carers.


Various (2009) Engaging parents: Good practice seminars
Various presentations given during February and March 2009


The Family and Parenting Institute organised eight seminars across the English regions to help those who work with parents consult with them better. The regional events, called Engaging Parents: good practice, were funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Those who attended the seminars learned what works best and the pitfalls to avoid when seeking the views of parents, as well as hearing good examples of consultations from their region. Examples of presentation titles include, 'Engaging Parents: Partnership or Working Relationship?' and 'Parents as Partners'.
 


Page A with Das S, Mangabeira W and Natale L (2009) School-parent partnerships

Parents make a vital contribution to their children's education, and strong partnerships between schools and parents can enhance children's learning. This innovative report presents the views of primary and secondary school staff, parents and children. The report points the way forward and suggests key triggers for schools, including strong leadership and a culture of consultation with parents, children and school staff.


DCSF (2009) - I’m a parent, what does the Children's Plan mean for me?

Children today are growing up with different challenges. Parental engagement in the Children's Plan explains how everyone working together can help families meet these challenges, and how the Government is responding to the needs of parents and children in today's world.


DCSF (2008) Engaging Parents and Carers, Guidance for Schools

Written for schools, Local Programme Co-ordinators and other partner agencies involved in the National Healthy Schools Programme. This guidance aims to set out a range of good practice examples and strategies for the effective engagement of parents/carers, including those that are difficult to engage.

 

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