This is the Parents as partners presentation used at Scottish Learning Festival 2012, delivered by the National Parent Forum of Scotland's reps, Joanna Murphy and Margaret Leitch (file uploaded by Kiran Oza)
Parents as partnersWorking together to deliverCurriculum for Excellence Joanna Murphy - Glasgow rep Margaret Leitch – Falkirk rep
Your presenters todayMargaret Leitch – Fundraising Coordinator at Victoria Primary School Falkirk Parent Member of Falkirk Parent Focus Group Falkirk Council Representative for NPFS Early Years Working Group and Curriculum for Excellence Mum to MacKenzie – Primary 2, Murray – Age 2 and a Mystery!Joanna Murphy - Parent Council Chair at St Bride’s Primary Glasgow Parent Member at Holyrood Secondary Vice Chair Glasgow Parent Council Forum Glasgow City Council Representative for NPFS Parent member -CfE - Management Board Mum to Emily in S6, Alice – S3 and Katherine in Primary 5 And both working parents
The history∗ 1988 – School Boards introduced∗ 2006 – Parental Involvement Act Scotland∗ 2007 - Parent Forums and Parent Councils established∗∗ 2009 – National Parent Forum of Scotland established
Parents as partners in learning‘Parents, carers and families are by far the mostimportant influences in a child’s life. Parents who take asupportive role in their child’s learning make a differencein improving achievement and behaviour ‘‘When parents and schools work together children dobetter’Guidance on the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006
What do we mean by parental involvement?∗ Learning at home - schools and others recognising the importance of the home environment and providing support for learning∗ Home/school partnership - Schools, parents, carers and the community working together to educate children∗ Parental representation - Listening and taking account of parent and carer views
Why should parents get involved? ∗ ‘Parental involvement has a significant positive affect on children’s achievement…’ Desforges, C. , & Aboucher (2000) ∗ ‘… the most important ‘parenting factor’ is the parents’ relationship with the school….’ Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Why should parents get involved? ∗The more engaged parents are in the education of their children the more likely their children are to succeed in the education system. ∗School improvement and school effectiveness research consistently shows that parental involvement is one of the key factors in securing higher student achievement “Review of best practice in parental engagement: Practitioners summary” Goodall, J. , and Vorhaus, J. , with the help of Carpentieri, JD. , Brooks, G. , Akerman, R. , and Harris, A September 2011 https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/RSG/AllPublications/Page1/DFE-RR156
PISA – Let’s Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education∗ telling stories or reading books to children when they are very young is strongly related to how well they read and how much they enjoy reading, later on.∗ talking about social and political issues, or about books, films and television programmes with adolescent children is related to better reading performance at school.∗ children whose parents have more positive attitudes towards reading are better at reading, themselves, and enjoy reading more.OECD (2012), Lets Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education, PISA, OECD Publishing.http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264176232-en
PISA – Let’s Read Them a story! The Parent factor in education∗ More receptive to language∗ More skilled at planning∗ More skilled at setting goals∗ Followed through in their studies and individual projects They have learned how to learnOECD (2012),Let’s Read Them a Story! The Parent factor in Education, PISA< OECD Publishing
Challenges to parental involvementTake a little time to consider the keychallenges to parental involvement inyour own setting.
What parents sayParents ‘ Views on Improving Parental Involvement in Children’s Education Scottish Government publications /2005
So where do parents come inEngaging with parents gives them theopportunity to understand the vital role thatthey play in their child’s learning anddevelopment at all stages of education.
Providing Information for parents www.parentforumscotland.org
Parents as partnersParents are vital partners in Curriculum for Excellence.We are all :∗preparing our children and young people for jobs thatdon’t exist∗to using technologies that haven’t been invented∗to solving problems of which we are not yet awareShift Happens: www.flemimg.myzen.co.uk/shifthappens-Uk.wmv
Parents supporting Curriculum for Excellence“Food for Thought” was dreamt up by Primary 6 & 7’s when theywere learning about Global Citizenship.It has developed a sense of community and is raising money fortheir sister school in Ghana and other local groups.Pupils have gained and used many skills during this opportunity suchas literacy during marketing and PR, numeracy during orderingstock, pricing and keeping their accounts and IT skills for GraphicDesign, invite design, newsletters, Twitter and blogging.Critical Success Factors - enthusiasm, commitment, going above andbeyond, keep it manageable and have a good business plan – it’sessential.
Parents as partners‘A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind ofcar you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how muchyou had in your bank account, or what your clotheslooked like.But the world may be a little better because you wereimportant in the life of a child.’Margaret Fishback Powers
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