Parent Engagement in Learning

Parent engagement in learning is known to lead to improved outcomes for students of all ages.

Schools and teachers can support parent engagement by building partnerships to connect learning at home and school.

Parent engagement and involvement

The terms parent engagement and parent involvement describe how parents and families support their children's academic achievement and wellbeing.

Parent involvement usually focuses on school-based activities such as attending events or volunteering in class.

Parent engagement encompasses children's learning at home, at school and in the community, recognising the cultural and social diversity of families and communities.

There is strong evidence linking parent engagement with improvements in academic achievement for children of all ages.

Factsheet - Parent engagement  

Learning at home

Learning at home is important in building children's confidence, motivation, capability and competence as learners. Schools and teachers with a partnership mindset can value and support learning at home by communicating effectively, building trust, and sharing information and resources with families.

Factsheet: Learning at home 

Partnerships

Family-school and community partnerships support positive parent engagement and bring together family and community resources to enrich student learning and wellbeing.

Effective partnerships focus on student needs and are motivated by a common and often shared purpose. They recognise that partners offer different knowledge, expertise and resources to support children's education.

Factsheet: Partnerships

Building family-school partnerships

The characteristics that indicate effective partnerships are:

  • responsive to student and family needs and aspirations
  • purposefully co-designed with clear goals
  • commitment to collaboration
  • mutual trust and respect
  • equal valuing of the different roles in the partnership
  • sharing of responsibility and influence
  • open dialogue and effective communication
  • appropriate and adequate resources.

School communities can reflect on their current culture, practices and plan for improvement using the Family-School Partnerships Framework and supporting materials.

Factsheet: Building partnerships

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Family-School Partnerships Framework – Factsheets