How to Engage Your Parents in Their Children's Learning

Parent involvement in their children’s learning, at school, or at home, has a profound impact on their success, and subsequently your school’s success. Read this blog to learn how to make it happen.

In every school, every staff member is responsible for each child getting the most out of their time in school.

But what about when the child goes home? Research in the journal Educational Research shows that parental engagement in children's learning in the home makes the greatest difference to student achievement.

Therefore, to achieve real improvement, it’s crucial you get parents involved. Keep reading this article for some tips on how to help your busy parent community invest more in their children’s learning.

Let Parents Know What's Happening in School

By taking an interest in their children’s schooling, parents can significantly increase the motivation of their child to do well in school.

Some parents will naturally take a stronger interest, but for other families, you may need to work hard to foster this interest. The best way to do this is to communicate regularly about what each class is doing.

While this might seem like a lot of work, you don’t need to invest a huge amount of effort and copywriting expertise for each update. Just letting parents know about the varied activities going on each week goes a long way.

That’s why we’ve set up an updates page on all school websites for one of the Trusts we work with where staff can post regular updates about what their class has done each week.

Build Your Social Media Presence

If you’re looking to engage with parents outside of the school, the most likely place you’ll find them is on Facebook.

Social media platforms are purposefully designed to encourage engagement between users. Therefore, by setting up a regularly updated Facebook page, you are guaranteed to start seeing parents engage and start discussing school matters.

Managing a social media presence can be a lot of work, but by working with Eduprise, you can simplify the job and start generating parental interest in school activities naturally. We do this by combining Facebook (and Twitter) with the updates section, and school news sections of the website.

Every opportunity to share updates on the website is also an opportunity to get parents engaged on social media.

Launch a Reading at Home Initiative to Boost Early Literacy Development

The effects of parents and carers getting involved are even more pronounced at the early stages of a child’s development.

Reading to their children is a cherished moment for any parent, but with the busy schedules and more diverse working hours of today’s families, it can be difficult for some to find the time and energy to fit in regular reading times. As a school, it’s your job to support them.

One way of doing this is to run a virtual book fair. Earlier this year, we helped Gagle Brook Primary School raise over £400 for their school library through a scheme where parents bought books for reading at home. This gave parents a stake in the school library, while also making them feel supported.

Emphasise the Role of Parents in Every Communication

As we’ve discussed in more detail previously, you should be regularly communicating with parents and carers.

Whether it’s to introduce new staff, share a recent inspection report, or to inform about some upcoming events, good school communicators will always highlight the role parents play in children’s learning and school success.

At Eduprise, we draft communications for every important occasion. By working with us, you can ensure that you achieve maximum value with every message.

Use Online Events

At the beginning of a new school year or term, schools have the opportunity to engage their parent community and give them an insight into how the school is run.

We’ve helped schools reach a huge proportion of families at their school through organising live online events.

Traditionally, schools will host events at the beginning of the year. However, parents who are unable to attend due to work, or who are unable to travel, may often miss out.

Using event platforms such as Crowdcast, we’ve helped school principals reach huge numbers of parents, allowing them to set out their goals for the school year, inform parents how they can contribute best, and answer questions, all of which make families feel involved and invested in the school’s future.

You can find out more about some of the other ways we can help with online events here.

Communication is Everything

Put simply, the only way to get parents more engaged, is to communicate with them well and often.

At Eduprise, this is what we specialise in. If you’d like some help getting your school community more involved, we’re here to help you get them on board. Contact us today.

Published by
Adam Barker-Wyatt

Producing content and communications on behalf of schools and multi-academy trusts.

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