Engaging ParentsFrom the WordGo Iain Williams David Hillyard Bradley Stoke Bournside Community School School
BSCS - Our FROG Vision• First things first – find a way in E.G. Reporting, behaviour, communication, homework• Quick wins are no shallow victory• Have a strategy – buy in and scale• What’s your hook?
The Research/Evidence 1. US & Canada 4.PEQS Evidence 2.EPRA 3.UK 2009
The Research/Evidence• 80% of the factors affecting children happen outside school, only 20% in school…• Why do schools focus on issues that only address 20% of the problem?
The research tells us… Relentless focus on the learning agenda
Dashboard Overview• BSCS Parent Dashboard• Communication form – what are your big issues?• Behaviour: think about the detail!• Attendance: what do you really want to show?• Assessment: who is reporting for? Not you!
Focus on Learning• Our latest hook – pulling parents in• The idea: Y3 homework, shared learning, parents as co-learners• The trial: Y7 first, then Y8 as well, FROG folder for basic materials• The development: FROG pages for each assignment – all resources are there – no excuses.
Ensuring Parent Buy-In? • 12-15 parents Target • Willing to talk • Recent issues? Go for hard cases!! • ONE focus: school improvement Focus • Avoid superficial issues e.g. reporting • 1st meeting is crucial to set protocols • 3 meetings, 2 month time span, 2/3 commitment Meeting • 90 mins long, food, 8pm finish, crèche? • Next meeting = 50% retained, 50% new Structure • Share what you have done – “You said, we did” FOCUS GROUPS
Dashboard Overview• Bournside Parent Dashboard – Windows 8 Metro UI?!• What parents want to know• Making it a worthwhile visit• A reason to be online with you• Pilot group
My Child• What data do you want to share?• Assessment widgets: are they for you?• Using the SIMS document extractor instead
One way stream to atwo way dialogue• Our consultation: – International Baccalaureate – Homework – Anti-bullying policy• Idea Pads, threads, forums and forms are your friend!
Social Networking• Interconnect the technology and think about the media – Facebook – Twitter – School Website – Frog
Issues• Parent passwords• Getting everyone to update• Consistency in design• Document formats• Sharing content with multiple audiences• Manage parent expectations