Engaging families in their children’s learning is a powerful way of raising standards and well-being in schools. It is also essential for narrowing the attainment gap between learners from richer and poorer backgrounds.
This toolkit will help schools develop their approach to family and community engagement. The focus is on engagement that will improve learning outcomes, and on engaging with families of children who are underperforming, from deprived backgrounds or who get less support for their learning at home.
The toolkit is structured around 5 themes:
- Leadership for a self-improving system: Practical support to school leaders to help them embed family and community engagement in the ethos of the school, reflect on current practice, and set out future plans in the school development plan.
- Embedding a whole-school approach: How to build the school’s capacity for engagement.
- Welcoming families to engage with the school: How to overcome barriers to engagement, including families that interact with the school less frequently or have needs that are harder to accommodate.
- Helping families to actively support their child’s learning: Ideas and examples of how schools can engage with families as serious and practical partners in children’s learning.
- Developing community partnerships and multi-agency working: Information on helping families find additional support and how to plan more effective transitions with a focus on what is important for the learner and their family.