4 problems schools face when engaging parents

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Seminar from Schools Network "Effective Parental Engagement" conference @BSCS. 16th November by Iain Williams, Deputy Headteacher.

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  • 4 problems schools face when engaging parents

    1. 1. Teachers are from Mars Parents are from Venus Bradley Stoke Community School
    2. 2. <ul><li>2007-9 </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging Parents to Raise Achievement </li></ul><ul><li>SSAT initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Research based & funded </li></ul><ul><li>Explored links between parental </li></ul><ul><li>engagement and raising achievement </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200 case studies (see SSAT website) </li></ul><ul><li>Led to Parental Engagement Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Standard (PEQS) </li></ul>EPRA…
    3. 3. Why do schools keep on putting 100% effort into addressing 20% of the problem? Key question for us… Home 80% School 20%
    4. 4. Involving parents Engaging parents Informing parents A journey…
    5. 5. DAMASCUS Don’t forget…
    6. 6. <ul><li>An opportunity to discuss school-specific issues </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from each other’s practice </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a ‘tool-kit’ of practical strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Model a CPD activity for use in your school </li></ul>Aims for this session
    7. 7. <ul><li>Group ONE </li></ul><ul><li>Dealing with difficult parents. </li></ul><ul><li>How do you de-escalate a situation? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss and describe strategies to reduce parents from a rampant boil to a gentle simmer… </li></ul>Activity
    8. 8. <ul><li>Group TWO </li></ul><ul><li>How can we identify and better engage ‘hard to reach’ parents? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a parent hard to reach? </li></ul><ul><li>What do we currently do to reach this group? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do differently? </li></ul>Activity
    9. 9. <ul><li>Group THREE </li></ul><ul><li>What are the obstacles to parental engagement at your school? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>Offer some solutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t get bogged down discussing ‘hard to reach’ parents </li></ul></ul>Activity
    10. 10. <ul><li>Group FOUR </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine you are mentoring a new colleague. What guidance would you offer when dealing with parents? </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the issues </li></ul><ul><li>Write a checklist for new staff for use at parental consultation events </li></ul>Activity
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