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Here is Dominic Tester’s and Iain Williams presentation from The National Learning Platforms Conference.

Dominic and Iain spoke in the Transform session ‘Parent involvement – the benefit of harnessing an unpaid workforce’.

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  • A school’s work with parents makes a difference to how it responds to pupils’needs and supports their learning and progress. Most schools recognise theneed to engage parents. Schools that are outstanding in this respect exploitmany different forms of communication, invite constructive feedback and raiseaspirations by giving parents useful and frequent information about how theirchild is progressing. Importantly, they also show parents how they can supportlearning in the home. We propose to consider the quality of a school’s workwith parents in the judgement on leadership and management.Inspection 2012 – March 2011
  • http://toolkit.ssatrust.org.uk/DataToolkit/Parentstoolkit/EPRAtutorial/EPRA%20tutorial.htm
  • Use either screen shots or live demoEmphasis IMPACT
  • Learning in the home was a route into staff buy inIL project ensured every team had to engage to deliver homeworkAll staff are becoming increasingly used to using the quick issue tool to set work to their classes.This was the starting point to engaging staff. Now they have started to develop a department presence with FROG - slowly

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  • 1. Parent Involvement
    The benefit of harnessing an unpaid workforce
    Dominic Tester
    Costello Technology College
    Iain Williams
    Bradley Stoke Community School
  • 2. Contextual Information
    Costello Technology College
    • 3rd Phase Specialist Technology College
    • 3. 1030 students
    • 4. An improving school with many good features (OfSTED 2008)
    • 5. Strong vision and leadership
    • 6. Culture of innovation and transformational change
    • 7. Well developed E-Strategy
    • 8. Large investment in ICT infrastructure
    • 9. Supportive CPD programme for staff
    • 10. Won SSAT ICT Register Secondary Showcase Award 2010 for our parent portal
    • 11. Shortlisted for TES Schools Award 2011
  • Contextual Information
    Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS)
    • New secondary school in Sept 2005 – now 986 students
    • 12. Community school – a key driver
    • 13. Oldest students now in Y12
    • 14. Judged as outstanding by OfSTED in 2009
    • 15. Culture of innovation
    • 16. SSAT Consultant School
    • 17. PEQS Gold Award – first school nationally
    • 18. ‘Young’ staff
    • 19. Ethos crucial and often commented upon
    • 20. Stakeholder voice central to development
    • 21. Inclusive: low exclusions, high attendance
    • 22. Comprehensive intake – full age and ability
    • 23. CVA - 1020– high attaining
  • Auditing Parental Engagement
    For what it’s worth…
    “A school’s work with parents makes a difference to how it responds to pupils’ needs and supports their learning and progress. Most schools recognise the need to engage parents. Schools that are outstanding in this respect exploit many different forms of communication, invite constructive feedback and raise
    aspirations by giving parentsuseful and frequent information about how their child is progressing. Importantly, they also show parents how they cansupport learning in the home. We propose to consider the quality of a school’s work with parents in the judgement on leadership and management”
    Inspection 2012 – March 2011
  • 24. Auditing Parental Engagement
    A useful starting point…
    • Parental Engagement Quality Standard (PEQS)
    • 25. You need to register on the SSAT website
    • 26. Excellent online (and free) toolkit to work through in school
    • 27. Pulls together all of your best practice
    • 28. Provides useful action planning tool and is useful for SEF/Ofsted
     Section A4.4 - The effectiveness of the school’s engagement with parents and carers
  • 29. Auditing Parental Engagement
    PEQS…
    • Overarching Ethos (includes useful audit)
    • 30. Parental Engagement and Learning (vital for learning in the home)
    • 31. Information, Communication & Dialogue
    • 32. Each strand has benchmark statements within it
    • 33. Signposting: beginning, developing, extending, transforming/leading
  • Auditing Parental Engagement
    PEQS – a quick way in…
    • Information, Communication & Dialogue
    • 34. How logical is our reporting?
    • 35. What general information do we provide about the school?
    • 36. What information do we provide for parents about their children?
    • 37. What mechanisms for information exchange are in place?
    • 38. What information do we glean from parents?
  • Auditing Parental Engagement
    PEQS screenshots
  • 39. Auditing Parental Engagement
    PEQS – selecting an area
  • 40. Auditing Parental Engagement
    PEQS – choosing a category
  • 41. Auditing Parental Engagement
    PEQS - uploading evidence
  • 42. Auditing Parental Engagement
    PEQS – summarising evidence
  • 43. Effective Use of Data by Parents
    Getting it RIGHT
    • Right information, right format, right time
    Effective use of data should enable:
    • focused conversations between children and parents
    • 44. positive learning opportunities between children and parents
    • 45. change the dialogue at parent evenings to an AfL focus
    • 46. improved attendance
    • 47. parents to become more pro-active and less re-active with school
  • Explore the Portals
    Data
    • Assessment data
    • 48. Attendance data
    • 49. Behaviour data
  • Using Data with Parents
    Assessment Data
    • Review current reporting format/cycles – do processes fit?
    • 50. Crucial that MIS is set up correctly
    • 51. Graphing requires historical data rather than different ‘aspects’ being used
    • 52. Only sync reporting data when we want to publish new data
    • 53. Keep it simple
    • 54. Data made available to parents and students
  • Using Data with Parents
    Behaviour Data
    • Crucial that MIS is set up correctly
    • 55. Cleansing data is essential
    • 56. Don’t share specifics – some things are best kept for 1:1 discussion
    • 57. Routine checks (as a parent) are worthwhile!
    • 58. Keep it simple
    • 59. Data made available to parents and students
  • Using Data with Parents
    Attendance Data
    • Crucial that MIS is set up correctly
    • 60. Cleansing data is essential
    • 61. Watch out for missing registers!
    • 62. Routine checks (as a parent) are worthwhile!
    • 63. Keep it simple
    • 64. Use routinely with all stakeholders
  • Assessment data
    Homework Diary
  • 65. Fostering Partnerships
    Using Social Media
  • 66. Fostering Partnerships
    Networking
    • De-sensitise the educational environment
    • 67. Remove barriers and make more accessible
    • 68. Provide opportunities for lower level ‘buy-in’
    • 69. Promote +ve relationships by celebrating work and achievements
    • 70. Use technologies to create ‘on-demand’ parental resources for their child
    • 71. Signpost events and services; promote activities
    • 72. Remove reliance on parents logging in  push technologies
    • 73. Create online communities
    • 74. Facilitate parents engaging with each other
    • 75. Access the PTA
    • 76. Must have guidance notes on Facebook presence
  • Fostering Partnerships
    Create a specific school email account to link to Twitter
    Register new account with Twitter, keep name short!
    Link twitter account to other social networking presence
    Have a clear vision of how service is to be used - train staff
    Start delivering content
    Schedule Tweets using cloud solutions such as Hootsuite
  • 77. Fostering Partnerships
    Create a specific school email account to link to YouTube / Google Account
    Register new account with YouTube – think about your channel name
    Set up your YouTube channel as a ‘reporter’
    Make sure that comment moderation is on
    Start delivering content
  • 78. Fostering Partnerships
    Create a specific school email account to link to Facebook
    Create new Facebook account and create page
    Set up page – adjust permissions
    Add additional admins
    Start delivering content
  • 79. Fostering Partnerships
    Launching FROG with Parents
    Review and amend your AUP
    Cleanse your MIS data and decide what’s comfortable (or safe) to share
    Decide how you’re going to allocate /process usernames and passwords
    Involve parents in the specification, design and operation
    Launch with one year group at a time (KS3 first?)
  • 80. Changing Learning in the Home
    Warwick University
    80% of factors affecting children happen in the home, only 20% in school
    SO…
    Why do schools put 100% effort into addressing 20% of the problem?
  • 81. Changing Learning in the Home
    A Subtle Shift
    Involving parents
    Engaging parents
    Focus on the ‘Learning Agenda’
  • 82. Changing Learning in the Home
    1
    FROG Focus – IL aspiration
    Homework
    2
    4
    Developing independence in students
    Parents supporting learning
    Learning at the centre
    3
    Parents as co-learners
  • 83. Changing Learning in the Home
    Transitioning to Learning in School
    • Innovations Team established as vehicle for all school development work
    • 84. IL pilot (1 year) using FROG is one of five Innovations groups
    • 85. Representation from all subject teams
    • 86. Focused on the pedagogy and practice first before using FROG
    • 87. Gradually introduced FROG to test how well it works
    • 88. Staff gaining in confidence to set work for their classes in school
  • Useful Resources
    Dominic Tester – Educator’s Blog
    http://blog.digeratidom.com
    Costello Technology College @costellotech
    http://www.youtube.com/costellotechcollege
    http://www.facebook.com/costellotechnologycollege
    http://www.yudu.com/item/details/339097/ - Newsletter May 2011
    http://www.ict-register.net/docs/lp/costello-case-study.pdf
    Many downloadable resources and links for parental engagement from BSCS
    http://www.bradleystokecs.org.uk/consultantschool/
    http://toolkit.ssatrust.org.uk/DataToolkit/Parentstoolkit/EPRAtutorial/EPRA%20tutorial.htm
  • 89. Useful Resources
    General resources
    http://www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk/ohnothingmuch/Executive-Summary/
    http://schools.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=oe&catcode=ss_es_fam_02
    http://www.specialistschools.org.uk/article.aspa?PageId=1320
    http://www.ict-register.net/pe.php
    Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement: Do Parents Know They Matter?
    Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement, moving towards online reporting: An introduction for schools
    Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement, moving towards online reporting: Framework guide
    http://www.yudu.com – fantastic online publishing for your school from only £99 p/a
    http://www.eventelephant.com/ - Great way of managing schools events, whether they be free or paid activities
    http://www.iamlearning.co.uk – excellent games based learning/revision for students
    IainWilliams – Bradley Stoke Community School  iain.williams@bradleystokecs.org.uk
    Dominic Tester – Costello Technology College  d.tester@costello.hants.sch.uk