Attention: Parent Clubs in Government Schools
Public consultation closes 28 February
There are proposed changes to government regulations in regards to Parent Club financial arrangements and fundraising rules. Parents Victoria is concerned about the impacts of these proposed changes on Parent Clubs. We are also concerned that our position has been misrepresented in the media.
Lets Work Together
Straight from Parents Victoria's conference, Thursday October 13 the PV Executive team attended the Australian Principal's Federation (APF) dinner for a very special launch.
Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester and International Adviser, Mitchell Institute,launched the resource for Principals and parents called Let's Work Together - The Importance of Relationships.
As the resource explains:
"An engaged school community is the best marketing tool any school can have."
The resource contains ideas that have worked successfully in many different school communities and have sown the seeds for friendships and positive relationships within which such explosive events might never occur.
The APF and PV have contributed to this material and welcome further ideas at any time, so that this becomes a repository for best practice into the future.
We welcome feedback and look forward to future projects with the APF going forward.
Independent Panel for School Dispute Resolution
"Parents Victoria is pleased that, after 11 years of working towards an independent complaints mechanism, Victorian government school parents now have such a service available to them," said Gail McHardy, Parents Victoria Executive Officer.
Parent Engagement Conference
Melbourne Pullman Hotel - June 6 - 8 , 2017
"The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and The Smith Family are proud to present the Parent Engagement Conference Australia, to be held on 6-8 June 2017 in Melbourne, Victoria.
Supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, the conference will bring research, policy and practice together to advance discussion about the importance of parent engagement to maximise every child’s learning potential. A key focus will be on ways to increase the effectiveness of parent engagement strategies through relationships, and through capacity building.
What is Parent Engagement?
Parent engagement involves all people in the life of a child or young person working together to create a stimulating and supportive environment for their learning and development.
For parents and families this means taking opportunities in the everyday interactions they have with their children to promote and support learning, and to connect learning at school, in the home and in the community. For schools it includes looking at ways to work in partnership with families, helping to build their capacity for effective parent engagement.
Why does it matter?
A large body of research supports the value of parent engagement from birth and throughout the school years. Parent engagement affects what children achieve, how they experience school, and assists in the transition to school and into post-secondary education.
Parent engagement has also been shown to reduce the impact of socio-economic disadvantage on educational outcomes. This means that families have an important role to play in helping their children to become confident and motivated learners, regardless of their occupation, education, or income."
'Parents as Partners' interactive seminar No. 1
Twilight Seminar series
Parents Victoria's Executive Officer, Gail McHardy, presented at Seminar Number 1 - "Parents as Partners"