Parents Voice in Government School Education

Family Engagement

In this section of the website we have gathered lots of resources to help teachers and school leaders make effective family engagement a reality:

Articles on this topic

Students with disabilities

Effective communication is the key; two-way exchanges with families as genuine partners. In communicating effectively with families it is equally important to empower and encourage

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Parent perspectives

In 2017 Parents Victoria and DET facilitated “Community Conversation” sessions at several government schools in Victoria. These sessions were attended by family members of the

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For teacher educators

This series of videos was made specifically for teacher educators. Dr Debbie Pushor from the University of Seskatchewan speaks to teacher educators at Monash University,

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Low socioeconomic communities

Why is there a perceived lack of parent engagement in low-socioeconomic status communities? Research from the Australian Research Alliance on Children and Youth (ARACY) has some answers and strategies to enhance parent engagement. Read more

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Students with disabilities

Effective communication is the key; two-way exchanges with families as genuine partners. In communicating effectively with families it is equally important to empower and encourage families to communicate effectively with schools. Videos These videos are

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Recognising out-of-school learning

After hearing Debbie Pushor’s presentation at the Statewide Principals Conference in June 2019, one school Principal was inspired to do something to recognise the learning children do outside of school hours. Brett Millott, principal at

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Parent perspectives

In 2017 Parents Victoria and DET facilitated “Community Conversation” sessions at several government schools in Victoria. These sessions were attended by family members of the host school and surrounding schools. Key themes that emerged were:

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Families from refugee backgrounds

Foundation House resource The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House) has created a guide to help schools engage with parents from refugee backgrounds. The guide includes practical and useful information on: Overcoming language

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Parent Engagement Implementation Guide

This resource from the Australian Research Alliance on Children and Youth (ARACY) provides school communities with practical guidance on implementing successful parent and family engagement practices. It  focuses on the ‘how’ rather than just the

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For teacher educators

This series of videos was made specifically for teacher educators. Dr Debbie Pushor from the University of Seskatchewan speaks to teacher educators at Monash University, drawing on her decades of experience as a teacher, consultant, principal,

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