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FROG11: Parental Engagement - The benefit of harnessing an unpaid workforce

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Presentation at FROG11 by Iain Williams and Dominic Tester - ICC June 14 2011. Please note thate useful email addresses and url references are on last two slides.

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FROG11: Parental Engagement - The benefit of harnessing an unpaid workforce

  1. 1. Parent Involvement The benefit of harnessing an unpaid workforce Dominic Tester @dtester Costello Technology College Iain Williams Bradley Stoke Community School
  2. 2. <ul><li>3 rd Phase Specialist Technology College </li></ul><ul><li>1030 students </li></ul><ul><li>An improving school with many good features ( OfSTED 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Strong vision and leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of innovation and transformational change </li></ul><ul><li>Well developed E-Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Large investment in ICT infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive CPD programme for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Won SSAT ICT Register Secondary Showcase Award 2010 for our parent portal </li></ul><ul><li>Shortlisted for TES Schools Award 2011 </li></ul>Costello Technology College Contextual Information
  3. 3. <ul><li>New secondary school in Sept 2005 – now 986 students </li></ul><ul><li>Community school – a key driver </li></ul><ul><li>Oldest students now in Y12 </li></ul><ul><li>Judged as outstanding by OfSTED in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Culture of innovation </li></ul><ul><li>SSAT Consultant School </li></ul><ul><li>PEQS Gold Award – first school nationally </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Young’ staff </li></ul><ul><li>Ethos crucial and often commented upon </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder voice central to development </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive: low exclusions, high attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive intake – full age and ability </li></ul><ul><li>CVA - 1020 – high attaining </li></ul>Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) Contextual Information
  4. 4. “ 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 parents useful and frequent information about how their child is progressing . Importantly, they also show parents how they can support 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 For what it’s worth… Auditing Parental Engagement
  5. 5. <ul><li>Parental Engagement Quality Standard ( PEQS ) </li></ul><ul><li>You need to register on the SSAT website </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent online (and free) toolkit to work through in school </li></ul><ul><li>Pulls together all of your best practice </li></ul><ul><li>Provides useful action planning tool and is useful for SEF/Ofsted </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Section A4.4 - The effectiveness of the school’s engagement with parents and carers </li></ul></ul>A useful starting point… Auditing Parental Engagement
  6. 6. <ul><li>Overarching Ethos (includes useful audit) </li></ul><ul><li>Parental Engagement and Learning (vital for learning in the home) </li></ul><ul><li>Information, Communication & Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Each strand has benchmark statements within it </li></ul><ul><li>Signposting: beginning, developing, extending, transforming/leading </li></ul>PEQS… Auditing Parental Engagement
  7. 7. <ul><li>Information, Communication & Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>How logical is our reporting? </li></ul><ul><li>What general information do we provide about the school? </li></ul><ul><li>What information do we provide for parents about their children? </li></ul><ul><li>What mechanisms for information exchange are in place? </li></ul><ul><li>What information do we glean from parents? </li></ul>PEQS – a quick way in… Auditing Parental Engagement
  8. 8. PEQS screenshots Auditing Parental Engagement
  9. 9. PEQS – selecting an area Auditing Parental Engagement
  10. 10. PEQS – choosing a category Auditing Parental Engagement
  11. 11. PEQS - uploading evidence Auditing Parental Engagement
  12. 12. PEQS – summarising evidence Auditing Parental Engagement
  13. 13. <ul><li>Right information, right format, right time </li></ul><ul><li>Effective use of data should enable: </li></ul><ul><li>focused conversations between children and parents </li></ul><ul><li>positive learning opportunities between children and parents </li></ul><ul><li>change the dialogue at parent evenings to an AfL focus </li></ul><ul><li>improved attendance </li></ul><ul><li>parents to become more pro-active and less re-active with school </li></ul>Getting it RIGHT Effective Use of Data by Parents
  14. 14. <ul><li>Assessment data </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance data </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviour data </li></ul>Data Explore the Portals
  15. 15. Assessment Data <ul><li>Review current reporting format/cycles – do processes fit? </li></ul><ul><li>Crucial that MIS is set up correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Graphing requires historical data rather than different ‘aspects’ being used </li></ul><ul><li>Only sync reporting data when we want to publish new data </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Data made available to parents and students </li></ul>Using Data with Parents
  16. 16. Behaviour Data <ul><li>Crucial that MIS is set up correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Cleansing data is essential </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t share specifics – some things are best kept for 1:1 discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Routine checks (as a parent) are worthwhile! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Data made available to parents and students </li></ul>Using Data with Parents
  17. 17. Attendance Data <ul><li>Crucial that MIS is set up correctly </li></ul><ul><li>Cleansing data is essential </li></ul><ul><li>Watch out for missing registers! </li></ul><ul><li>Routine checks (as a parent) are worthwhile! </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Use routinely with all stakeholders </li></ul>Using Data with Parents
  18. 18. Homework Diary Assessment data
  19. 19. 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? Changing Learning in the Home
  20. 20. A Subtle Shift Changing Learning in the Home
  21. 21. FROG Focus – IL aspiration Changing Learning in the Home Homework Developing independence in students Parents as co-learners Parents supporting learning
  22. 22. <ul><li>Innovations Team established as vehicle for all school development work </li></ul><ul><li>IL pilot (1 year) using FROG is one of five Innovations groups </li></ul><ul><li>Representation from all subject teams </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on the pedagogy and practice first before using FROG </li></ul><ul><li>Gradually introduced FROG to test how well it works </li></ul><ul><li>Staff gaining in confidence to set work for their classes in school </li></ul>Transitioning to Learning in School Changing Learning in the Home
  23. 23. Using Social Media Fostering Partnerships
  24. 24. <ul><li>De-sensitise the educational environment </li></ul><ul><li>Remove barriers and make more accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for lower level ‘buy-in’ </li></ul><ul><li>Promote +ve relationships by celebrating work and achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Use technologies to create ‘on-demand’ parental resources for their child </li></ul><ul><li>Signpost events and services; promote activities </li></ul><ul><li>Remove reliance on parents logging in  push technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Create online communities </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate parents engaging with each other </li></ul><ul><li>Access the PTA </li></ul><ul><li>Must have guidance notes on Facebook presence </li></ul>Networking Fostering Partnerships
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. 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
  28. 28. Launching FROG with Parents Fostering Partnerships 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?)
  29. 29. Dominic Tester Blog
  30. 30. 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 M any 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 Useful Resources
  31. 31. 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 Iain Williams – Bradley Stoke Community School  [email_address] Dominic Tester – Costello Technology College  [email_address] Useful Resources

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