The Family-School Partnerships Framework
The Family-School Partnerships Framework was developed to promote and guide partnership building.
The core principles of effective family-school partnerships are:
- parents and families are the first and continuing educators of their children
- learning is lifelong and occurs in multiple settings
- partnerships, schools and school communities flourish when the diversity and strengths of families are valued and leveraged
- community engagement expands responsibility and resources
- partnerships grow from mutual trust, respect and responsibility
- partnerships need committed, collaborative and creative leadership.
Key dimensions of family-school partnerships
The seven key dimensions that frame relationship and partnership building are:
- connect learning at home and school
- build community and identity
- recognise the role of the family
- consult on decision-making
- collaborate beyond the school
Further detail on each dimension can be viewed in the document below:
For each key dimension there is a set of suggested strategies that can be used to support school communities in building and improving family-school partnerships.
These strategies aim to provide practical guidance and complement the work already being done in schools.
Print version of strategies
School Assessment Tool
Family-school partnerships can be built into existing school plans, activities and strategies. A good starting point is the School Assessment Tool—Reflection Matrix. This tool is based on the key dimensions identified in the Family-School Partnerships Framework, and can help schools identify areas of strength and focus areas for further work.