“An engaged school community is the best marketing tool any school can have.”
This 20-page booklet is a collaboration between Parents Victoria and the Australian Principals Federation (APF). It was launched by 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 with Parents Victoria at the APF Conference dinner in October, 2016.
Strong family-school partnerships are the key
Parents Victoria and the Australian Principals Federation agree – when schools and families work together and support each other, the outcomes for students are much better. This resource explores this theme, and some of the obstacles to good family-school relationships:
- Dealing with family situations where the student’s parents are separated
- The hazards of making assumptions – for both parents and school staff
- The value of good communication in getting parents engaged in their children’s education
- How the ‘need to be right’ can be an obstacle to building a good family-school relationship
- Practical tips for teachers and principals – how to establish good relationships with your families
- How secondary schools can keep parents engaged
- The critical importance of family-school partnerships for children with disabilities
- When things go wrong – dealing with concerns and conflicts.
“If you have your parents on board, that’s a huge number of advocates for your school!”