Parental Engagement

8 Jul

In “Visible Learning”, John Hattie says that the inability of parents to ‘speak the language of learning’ can be a major barrier to student achievement.

If we are adopting new ways of learning and teaching, then perhaps we need new ways of engaging parents. If we were to develop some universal protocols then my top five would be :

  • engagement with parents from the beginning. I found sending a letter or a phone call can make a huge difference.
  • regular community forums and walk-throughs (parents need to see learning in action) – what about the use of blogs as a way of educating and engaging  parents in the conversation. Our own Open Day this year was an example of this success.
  • involve students in giving feedback to their parents on their learning. Student voice is always a valuable tool.
  • demonstrating the difference new approaches to learning are making
  • finding ways of celebrating good learning and teaching
  • ensuring an outlet for parent feedback

Learning in today’s world is a journey, not a destination. As we build on what we know works and respond to teacher ingenuity and innovations from their own learning we need to ensure that the whole school community is on the same journey.

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