Parents As Partners In Excellence


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The implementation of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has highlighted the role that parents play in ensuring that their children are successful learners who grow into confident adults able to take up their roles as citizens and contribute effectively to society. Schools and parents need to work in partnership in order to achieve these ambitious aims.

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Parents As Partners In Excellence

  1. 1. Parents as Partners in Excellence Celia Burn Scottish Learning Festival September 2007
  2. 2. Outline of workshop Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 Implications of the Act Research evidence Linking with other initiatives Resources
  3. 3. Opportunity “A once in a generation chance to take a fresh look at how parents are involved in their children’s learning and in schools more generally” Robert Brown, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People
  4. 4. Purpose of the Act Modernise and strengthen the framework for supporting parental involvement Engage parents meaningfully in the education of their children and in the school community Support parents and staff to work in partnership
  5. 5. Duties Duties on Ministers and Education Authorities to promote Parental Involvement Education Authorities to: prepare strategy for parental involvement (to include reference to equal opportunities and looked after children) give advice and information to parents promote and support Parent Councils establish complaints procedure
  6. 6. Parent Forum and Parent Council Every parent with a child at the school is a member of the Parent Forum. Parent Forum can choose to have their views represented through a Parent Council Parent Council smaller body that can represent parents views to the school, local authority and HMIe
  7. 7. Implications of the Act for schools Need to review current parental engagement and identify key areas for improvement – audit in Toolkit Parental engagement to be integrated into school development plan Barriers identified and addressed Whole school approach Joint working with new Parent Council
  8. 8. Why involve parents? Parental engagement helps raise pupil achievement – where parents and teachers work together the gains are significant. Parents’ influence is greatest in supporting learning in the home. A two way relationship is important and schools giving the message that parents matter. Support for parents needs to recognise their specific needs. (“Engaging Parents in Raising Achievement – Do parents know they matter”. Warwick University July 2007)
  9. 9. Why parental involvement? Where parents are involved, children do better and achieve more
  10. 10. What difference do parents make? Children spend only 15% of their time in school
  11. 11. What difference do parents make? 85% of the language we use as adults is in place by the time we are five years old and 50% is in place by the time we are three years old.
  12. 12. What difference do parents make? Most differences in achievement by 14 year olds in English, Maths and Science are due to home influences.
  13. 13. What difference do parents make? When parents are actively involved in reading with their children at home their children’s reading scores improve, on average, by between 12-18 months.
  14. 14. What difference do parents make? Doing homework regularly through their years at school has roughly the same benefit as an extra year’s schooling.
  15. 15. What do we mean by parental involvement? Three key dimensions - Learning at home – parents as first and ongoing educators of their own children - Home/School Partnership – schools, parents and the community working together to educate children - Parent representation – parents having an opportunity to comment on practice and a voice in the development of education policy at school, local authority and national level.
  16. 16. Beyond involvement Parental involvement – or parental engagement. A two way exchange and dialogue A joint enterprise
  17. 17. Framework The, Act, Guidance and Toolkit Curriculum for Excellence Assessment is for Learning HMIe – Journey to Excellence, HMIe- How Good is our School 3 HMIe Guide – Partnership with Parents
  18. 18. The Journey to Excellence
  19. 19. Framework – Journey to Excellence Provides good practice; guide to how meet the 10 dimensions; self- evaluation tips Dimension 3 – Develops a common vision with children, parents and staff links with Curriculum for Excellence
  20. 20. Framework – Journey to Excellence Dimension 5 - Works in partnerships with other agencies and its community: The school in its community Working with partners to meet the needs of all children and young people Multi-agency approaches to improve learning
  21. 21. Journey to Excellence Dimension 6 – Works together with parents to improve learning: Developing parents support for their children’s learning Active involvement of parents in school activities Collaboration and representation
  22. 22. Curriculum change and parents Comfortable with the familiar. Whatever the quality they will judge the curriculum against what they did at school. Need to explore the four purposes or capacities Parents need to know how they can support their children’s learning at home.
  23. 23. The four capacities Confident individuals Successful learners Effective contributors Responsible citizens
  24. 24. Areas for involvement Skills for work – what skills do parents already have that they can contribute Global citizenship – parent involvement and participation evidence of this Cross curriculum working provides ideal opportunities for engaging parents – health promoting schools, eco schools
  25. 25. Exercise In groups of 3 or 4 identify areas of the curriculum where it would be possible to draw on the skills of parents. Look at the Skills Survey from the Toolkit and think about how you might be able to work with your new Parent Council to take this forward.
  26. 26. Top tips Have a member of the senior leadership team with specific responsibility for parental partnership. Share with all partners the importance and impact of parental engagement. Analyse the impact of all events and activities on pupil achievement. Embrace work with parents with enthusiasm and passion!
  27. 27. Resources to support implementation Toolkit and Guidance Making the Difference leaflets Involving parents CD Rom Parentzone and Parents as Partners inlearning/index.asp Parent Council Welcome Pack
  28. 28. Parents as Partners ‘Schools need the support of Parents to be truly ambitious and excellent’ Peter Peacock, ex Minister for Education and Young People
  29. 29. HMIe Guide – Partnership with Parents 9 quality indicators for parental involvement Draws out key indicators and themes to help evaluate quality of partnership with parents HGIOS 3
  30. 30. How Good is our Parental Involvement?
  31. 31. How Good Is Our School - 3 1.2 Fulfilment of statutory duties 2.2 The schools success in involving parents carers and families 5.1 Parents views on the curriculum 5.3 Involving parents in learners needs and plans 5.4 Engaging with parents using assessment information to improve learning
  32. 32. How Good Is Our School - 3 5.5 Expectations and achievement 5.6 Equality and fairness-all parents 5.7 Partnership with learners and parents- active involvement, barriers, participation, reaching out to parents 5.9 Gathering parents’ views to improve through self evaluation 6.1 Parents actively involved in development and review of policies
  33. 33. How Good Is Our School - 3 6.2 Active parental participation on representative groups 8.2 Involvement of parents re funding to support improvements in learning 9.1 Work with parents-shared vision 9.2 Leadership and direction communicated to parents 9.3 Developing people/partnerships