0
Using  parent focus groups for effective school improvement Bradley Stoke Community School
<ul><li>Leadership team always hears complaints and  rarely hears compliments </li></ul><ul><li>With some parents/carers, ...
Examples of parent focus groups
<ul><li>Context @ BSCS </li></ul><ul><li>Few parents committing to PTA </li></ul><ul><li>Research base says time commitmen...
Fringe benefits of parental engagement Parents become allies & advocates Synergy created – drawing on their professional e...
Health Warning… Often dealing with polarised viewpoints Beware: parents with an agenda “ And another thing…” Risk - open t...
<ul><li>School must be prepared to change </li></ul><ul><li>Need to choose your battles carefully! </li></ul><ul><li>High ...
<ul><li>1 focus per group (e.g. reporting, behaviour)  </li></ul><ul><li>Initially, Leadership Team decide the focus </li>...
<ul><li>Targeted parents (e.g. off inclusion phases) by school leader </li></ul><ul><li>Phone calls, letter and reminder t...
Parting thoughts from the parents…
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

Using parent focus groups for effective school improvement

733

Published on

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

Published in: Education, Business
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
733
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
7
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • FOCUS is the key (duration, frequency, agenda) IMPACT – high impact issues, short turn around
  • Transcript of "Using parent focus groups for effective school improvement"

    1. 1. Using parent focus groups for effective school improvement Bradley Stoke Community School
    2. 2. <ul><li>Leadership team always hears complaints and rarely hears compliments </li></ul><ul><li>With some parents/carers, all contact is negative </li></ul><ul><li>Need to be willing to talk to detractors </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to let parents/carers ‘win’ sometimes </li></ul><ul><li>There are always ‘no win’ situations (e.g. snow closures) </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing a culture of positive engagement = a proportionate rise in criticism </li></ul>Engagement is not always positive…
    3. 3. Examples of parent focus groups
    4. 4. <ul><li>Context @ BSCS </li></ul><ul><li>Few parents committing to PTA </li></ul><ul><li>Research base says time commitments is a big pressure for parents </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are vocal about their feelings </li></ul>Our school context
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. Health Warning… Often dealing with polarised viewpoints Beware: parents with an agenda “ And another thing…” Risk - open the flood gates for every issue? Time consuming Easy not to follow through – LT must take the lead
    7. 7. <ul><li>School must be prepared to change </li></ul><ul><li>Need to choose your battles carefully! </li></ul><ul><li>High impact and short turn around (change must be clearly evident) </li></ul><ul><li>Minimal time commitment required </li></ul><ul><li>Must deal with issues real and relevant to parents (note – staff survey) </li></ul><ul><li>Must be honest and open discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Must be relationship orientated </li></ul><ul><li>High trust required </li></ul>Success Criteria
    8. 8. <ul><li>1 focus per group (e.g. reporting, behaviour) </li></ul><ul><li>Initially, Leadership Team decide the focus </li></ul><ul><li>3 sessions </li></ul><ul><li>2 month time span between first and last meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Clear agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Parents need to make 2/3 meetings for continuity </li></ul><ul><li>10-15 parents per group </li></ul><ul><li>Cheese and wine? </li></ul>Organisation
    9. 9. <ul><li>Targeted parents (e.g. off inclusion phases) by school leader </li></ul><ul><li>Phone calls, letter and reminder texts </li></ul><ul><li>Keep details on file and call on a few for your next focus group </li></ul><ul><li>Build a core focus group membership – now kept on a database </li></ul>Recruitment
    10. 10. Parting thoughts from the parents…
    1. A particular slide catching your eye?

      Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later.

    ×