Engaging parents nov 2011

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Presentation delivered to Abbeywood Community school Governing Body by Iain Williams (BSCS), Nov 2011

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  • iReporting
  • PEQS (audit) Your strategic document OFSTED VITAL Long term development Focus groups – KEY AREAS, QUICK WINS, HIGH PROFILE 3 sessions, 2 months, session 1 write-off, focused agenda, recruitment Parent consultation (parent evenings) Flexible approach Booking? Look at reporting – reduce writing burden and increase face time between staff and parents Communication focus (avoid proliferation) Texting FROG Social Media
  • Engaging parents nov 2011

    1. 1. Teachers are from Mars Parents are from Venus Abbeywood 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 you… Home 80% School 20%
    4. 4. DAMASCUS Key thought for you…
    5. 5. As parents, we know what we want from our children’s school. Why don’t we apply the same thinking to parental engagement in our own school? Key question for you…
    6. 6. What does the research tell us? A journey…
    7. 7. Fringe benefits of parental engagement… Parents become allies & advocates Synergy created – drawing on their professional expertise Rewarding Build relationships Advanced warning of issues via the ‘gossip’ line Decisions based on consultation are harder to argue with
    8. 8.  Overarching ethos  Parental Engagement and Learning  Information, Communication & Dialogue Strand overview from PEQS
    9. 9. <ul><li>Strategic development </li></ul><ul><li>PEQS (audit) </li></ul><ul><li>Focus groups – KEY AREAS, QUICK WINS, HIGH PROFILE </li></ul><ul><li>Parent consultation (parent evenings) </li></ul><ul><li>Communication focus (avoid proliferation) </li></ul><ul><li> FROG (website?) </li></ul>If I were starting this now…
    10. 10. <ul><li>Objectives not strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Single point of contact for parents (research) </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Leadership Team without appointment </li></ul><ul><li>Get parents involved in school improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns/complaints policy. Ease of use? </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate what you do well - start a SMILE file? </li></ul><ul><li>Target consultation – audience AND type of event </li></ul><ul><li>Hand-pick your parents – adversary to advocate! </li></ul><ul><li>Someone with oversight at LT level </li></ul>Quick wins and no-brainers…
    11. 11. <ul><li>Hearts and minds campaign </li></ul><ul><li>Relentless focus on key themes – adhere to policies </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to tackle difficult areas </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to change </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing a culture of positive engagement = a proportionate rise in criticism </li></ul>Essential Principles…
    12. 12. Engagement tools… Learning Platform Texting – teachers2parents Email Slideshare Online booking facilities (consultation events/celebration events) Social Media
    13. 13. <ul><li>Parents: Do they know they matter? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DCSF-RBW004 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.amazon.co.uk/Parents-Know-They-Matter-Achievement/dp/1855394790 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bradley Stoke Consultant School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.bradleystokecs.org.uk/consultantschool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net/BSCS_Consultant_School (BSCS_Consultant_School) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Useful Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 top tools for eLearning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.teachers2parents.co.uk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.eventelephant.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.sliderocket.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.prezi.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/ </li></ul></ul>Useful resources…
    14. 14. <ul><li>Useful Tools (cont.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.dropbox.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Useful websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://shifthappens.wikispaces.com/home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.2020plus.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.digeratidom.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.frogtrade.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.twitter.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.2mminutes.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/grumbledook/parental-engagement-through-ict-tony-sheppard </li></ul></ul>Useful resources…

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