Parents Voice in Government School Education

Cultural relevance

Knowing their families and their cultural beliefs around education will assist schools to engage those families in a more culturally responsive way and give all families a sense of belonging. Situate cultural strengths of family and community within the school curriculum, once identified.

Centre for Multicultural Youth resource

This CMY resource, Opening the School Gate: Engaging migrant and refugee families, is a good practice guide that provides teachers and school staff with a range of strategies to encourage parents and families from migrant and refugee backgrounds to fully participate in the educational experience of their children.

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AERO resource

The Australian Education Research Organisation has produced an evidence-based guide for schools, to help them engage effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse families.

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Foundation House resources

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc authored a desktop guide to support schools to enhance their capacity to engage with parents from refugee backgrounds (2015).

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Community Conversation

From the 2017 Community Conversation sessions migrant families expressed a need / interest to understand the Australian or Victorian school system as they see this as important to being able to support their students / school.   For many, the Australian / Victorian education system is very different from their home countries and Family Engagement is a very different concept they were keen to embrace.

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