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  • EngagingParents and

    CarersGuidance for Schools

    Healthier Living & Learning

  • Foreword Pg4Introduction Pg7Whyisitimportantforschoolstoengagewithparents/carersaspartoftheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme? Pg8Whataresomeofthefactorsthatmightaffectparent/carerparticipationinschools? Pg1Workingwithhardtoengageparents/carers Pg1Waysofengagingwithgroupsofparents/carers Pg16Ladderofparental/carerparticipation Pg18LeadershipandManagement Pg0Usingself-evaluationtoimproveparental/carerparticipation Pg Howhavewereachedourcurrentposition? Pg Wheredowewanttobeinthefuture? Pg4Parental/carerparticipationandOfstedsSelfEvaluationForm Pg5 UsingtheNHSPNationalAudittoaddress issuesraisedintheOfstedSEF,Section Pg5ToolsandTechniques Pg8Conclusion Pg1UsefulWebsites PgReferences PgAppendix1-Self-reviewofparticipationwithparents/carers Pg4Appendix-Engagementsummary Pg8

    Contents

    Healthier Living & Learning

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    ForewordThisdocumenthasbeenwrittenforschools,LocalProgrammeCo-ordinatorsandotherpartneragenciesinvolvedintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme.Itaimstosetoutarangeofgoodpracticeexamplesandstrategiesfortheeffectiveengagementofparents/carers,includingthosethataredifficulttoengage.

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    Inthisdocumentthetermparents/carerswillbeusedtorefertoallcategoriesofparentwhichincludesteenageparents,singleparents,fosterparents,corporateparents(localauthority),fathers,samesexparents,parentsfromvulnerablefamilygroups(e.g.thoseaffectedbysubstancemisuse),asylumseekingparents,stepparents,recentlyseparatedparents,legalguardians,parentswithEnglishasasecondlanguageandparentswithadisability.

    Essentiallyparents/carerswillbeusedtocoveranyadultororganisationoperatingwithinaparentingrole,includingmembersoftheextendedfamilyandlocalauthorities.

    Parents/carersarenotahomogenousgroupandassuchtheyhavedifferentneedsandthereforemayrequiredifferentmethodsofengagement.

    How should this document be used?Inthisdocumentwelookatwhyitisimportantforschoolstoengagewithparents/carersaspartoftheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme,whatthecurrentlevelsofparticipationareinschools,aswellaswaysofworkingwithhardtoengageparents/carers.

    WeincludeaSelfEvaluationTool,foundatAppendix1,toassesscurrentlevelsofparent/carerparticipation.TheEngagementSummary,foundatAppendix,willhelpschoolsidentifythebenefitsofusingparticularmethodstoengageindividualparents/carers.Itwillalsoallowschoolstocomparecurrentpracticewiththeladderofparticipationfoundonpage18.

    CentraltotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeistheWholeSchoolApproach1andworkingwithparents/carersisasignificantaspectofthis.Ifparents/carersareeffectivelyengagedinschoollife,theyaremorelikelytoparticipateandplayanactiveroleinsupportingtheirchildrentoachieve,andtohelpschoolssuccessfullygainandmaintainNationalHealthySchoolStatus.

    1NationalHealthySchoolsProgramme(007)WholeSchoolApproachtotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme

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    IntroductionTheGovernmentiskeentopromotestrongpartnershipsinvolvingparents/carersandschools.TheDepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies(DCSF)WhitepaperHigherStandards,BetterSchoolsforAllMoreChoiceforParentsandPupils(005)setsoutacommitmenttoincreasingtheinvolvementofparents/carersinschoolsandensuringthattheirvoiceisheard.

    TheDepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamiliespublishedtheChildrensPlanwhichsetsouttheGovernments10yearplanforchildren.AswellaswhatitcallsarootandbranchreviewofEnglishprimaryeducation,italsocontainsplansforparentrunschoolcouncilsandanationalpanelofparentstoadviseministersaspartofeffortstojoinupandimprovetheschoolandhomeexperienceofchildren.

    TheGovernmentproposestoplaceafurthernewdutyongoverningbodiestoformallytakeintoaccounttheviewsofparents/carers.

    DCSF(005)HigherStandards,BetterSchoolsforAll-MoreChoiceforParentsandPupilsDCSF(007)ChildrensPlan

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    Why is it important forschools to engagewith parents/carers as partof the NHSP?AHealthySchoolisawelcoming,openschool,whichactivelyincludesparents/carersaspartofthewholeschoolcommunity.Itencouragesparental/carerinvolvementandprovidestheinformationandguidanceaparent/carerneedstosupporttheirchildshealth,wellbeing,happinessandoveralleducationalsuccess.Itachievesthisthroughregularcommunicationandbycreatingarangeofopportunitiesforparents/carerstobeinvolvedinschoolactivities.Itwillalsouseeffectiveproceduresforfeedback,consultation,participationandcomplaints.

    TheDCSFdocumentEveryParentMatters(007)4makescleartheGovernmentsviewthatparents/carersshouldbeempoweredtoinfluenceandshapepublicservices,suchasschools,andbeginthenationaldebateastohowparents/carerscanbebestsupportedandengaged.Itoutlinestheinfluentialrolethatparents/carersplayinthedevelopmentoftheirchildslearningandconfirmsthatparentalinvolvementina

    childsschoolingbetweentheagesof7-16isamorepowerfulforcethanfamilybackground,sizeoffamilyandlevelofparentaleducation.

    EveryParentMattersdrawsonresearchwhichfoundthatmostparents/carersbelievethattheresponsibilityfortheirchildseducationissharedbetweenparents/carersandschools.

    Italsohighlightsthat7percentofparents/carerssaidtheywantedmoreinvolvement.EveryParentMattersoutlinesfurthernationaldevelopments,including:

    greateraccesstoparent/carersupportadviserswhowilllinkcloselywiththe

    ExtendedSchoolsAgendahealth-ledparent/carerprojectsaNationalAcademyforParentingPractitionerstransitionalinformationsessions throughExtendedSchoolsServices.

    4DCSF(007)EveryParentMatters

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    personal, social & health education

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    Personal, Social& Health Education

    Emotional Health& WellBeing

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    healthy eating

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    emotional health & wellbeing

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    Personal, Social& Health Education

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    1. setting up aHealthy Schoolstask group

    2. conducting aneeds analysis andidentifying gaps

    3. planning outcomesand actions

    4. implementing change

    5. monitoring

    6. review

    7. achievingNational Healthy School Status

    HealthySchoolsareexpectedtoinvolveparents/carerswhensettinguptheirHealthySchoolsTaskGroup.ThistaskgroupisintegraltotheWholeSchoolApproach(seediagrambelow).

    *PSHE=Personal,Social,HealthandEconomiceducationatKeystage

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    TheOfstedreportHealthySchools,HealthyChildren?(006)5foundthatconsultationwithparents/carerswasakeyfactorintheextenttowhichschoolswereabletosuccessfullypromotehealthierlifestyles.

    Asuccessfulhome-schoolrelationshipcanbeakeyelementtomakingaschoolstrongerandmoreeffective.Itcanalsocontributetoachievingthefiveoutcomeswhicharemostimportanttochildrenandyoungpeople,includingstayinghealthy,assetoutinEveryChildMatters:ChangeforChildren.6

    Ensuringfullengagementofparents/carersintheschoolisanactivitythatconstantlyneedstobereviewedandevaluated.Schoolsneedtomakesurethattheycontinuetoachievemaximumparticipationandengagement,includingwiththoseparents/carersthataredescribedashardtoreach/difficulttoengage.AmorerecentOfstedsurvey,Parents,CarersandSchools(007)7looksintotherelationshipbetweenparent/carersupportandchildrenandyoungpeopleslearning.Itfoundthatalltheschoolsintheirsurveyvaluedtheviewsofparents/carersviews.Inadditiontothis,thebestschools:

    encourageparents/carersasactivepartnersdemonstrateversatility,flexibilityand

    determinationintheireffortstoengage withparents/carersidentifypreciselyhowparents/carers cancontributeevaluatetheimpactofinitiativesand,ifthey

    donotwork,thenchangethewayinwhichtheyarepromoted,untiltheydowork.

    Agoodinductionarrangementforchildrenandyoungpeoplewasfoundtobeessentialinengagingparents/carerssuccessfullyandforestablishingaworkingpartnershipwithfamilies,rightfromthestart.Welcomingtheextendedfamilyintoschoolsisalsobecomingincreasinglyimportant,witharecommendationthatschoolsshouldactivelyinvolvegrandparentsintheirgrandchildrenslearning.

    Moreandmoreschoolsarenowprovidingextendedactivities,includingparentingsupport.Thisincludesprovidingaccessto:

    parentingprogrammesusingstructured,evidencebasedprogrammes,aswell

    asmoreinformationopportunitiesforparents/carerstoengagewiththeschoolandeachother

    familylearningsessionstoallowchildren tolearnwithparents/carersinformationsessionsforparent/carerssignpostingtonationalandlocallyavailable

    sourcesofinformationadviceandsupport.

    TheExtendedSchoolsServices8increasetheopportunitiesforjointactivitieswithchildrenandyoungpeopleandparents/carers.

    5Ofsted(006)HealthySchools,HealthyChildren?6DCSF(004)EveryChildMatters:ChangeforChildren7Ofsted(007)Parents,CarersandSchools8DCSF(005)ExtendedSchools:BuildingonExperience

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    Marsden Community Primary School

    MarsdenCommunityPrimaryschool,inLancashire,hasahighnumberofchildrenofPakistaniorigin.Itwasnoticedthatitwasmainlymothersratherthanfatherswhoparticipatedinmostoftheextendedservicesschoolactivities.

    Inanefforttoencouragemorefatherstoparticipateinactivities,aFatherandKidsTogetherclub(FAKT)wassetup.Thisclubprovidedweeklyactivitiesforfathersandtheirchildrenincludinghealthycookandeattogethersessions,aswellasarangeofsportingactivities,suchascrowngreenbowling,basketballandindoorkwikcricket.

    FAKTgotofftoaveryslowstart,withrelativelysmallnumbersattending.Postersandflyerswereproducedaswellasstafftalkingtoparents/carersabouttheprojectattheschoolgate.MotherswerealsotargetedtoencouragethefatherstosupportFAKT.Themoresuccessfultheirefforts,thegreatertheamountoffreetimeFAKTwouldbeabletogenerateforthemothers!

    Therangeofstrategiesusedbytheschoolandtheiroverallpersistencepaidoff,asFAKTisnowconsideredahugesuccess.Asaresultofthetimefathersspendwiththeirchildren,theyhavereportedanecdotally,thattheyenjoyanenhancedrelationshipwiththeirchildren.Fathersarealsomorewillingtocomeintoschoolto

    Case Study

    supporttheirchildrenslearning.MarsdenCommunityPrimarySchoolishopingtoextendtherangeofclubsthatithasonoffertoencourageevengreaterparticipation.

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    What are some ofthe factors thatmight affect parent/carer participationin schools?

    Manyparents/carersalreadyacknowledgeawillingnesstobeinvolvedintheirchildsschoolandlearning.Someparents/carersmayneedextrahelptosupporttheirchildren.Forexample,someparents/carersmay:

    havehadadifficulttimewhentheywereatschoolthemselvesandmaylackconfidence

    comefrombackgroundsandcultures whereinvolvementbyparentsineducation

    ishighlydiscouragedhavedifficultiesinengagingwithschool

    activitiesduetoworkinghoursand/orlocationofwork.

    Someparents/carerswillfallintothehardtoreach/difficulttoengagecategoryandwillrequireanongoing,targetedapproach.Theseissuesareexploredinthenextsectionofthisguidance.

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    Working with hard to engage parents/carers

    familieswhereoneorbothparents/carersareinvolvedinthecriminaljusticesystem

    longtermsickparents/carersparents/carerswithlittleinterestintheirchild

    andtheireducationfamilieswheredomesticviolenceisanissuefamilieswhereachildisdoingwellatschool

    andconsequentlytheirparents/carerssusequentlydonotthinktheyneedtobeinvolvedintheireducation.

    TheaboveisnotanexhaustivelistanditisimportanttorememberthatnotattendingtheschoolplayisverydifferenttoneverattendingwhenaskedbytheHeadteacherattimesofcrisis.Inmanycasesengagementcanbeachieved,butitmaytakeconsiderabletimeandeffort.Itmayalsobebestachievedbystaffmembers,suchaskeyworkers,whoareattachedtobutnotpartoftheschool.

    Astrategywhichsomeschoolsuse,istoidentifyaparent/carerco-ordinatorrolewithintheirstaffingstructure.Thisrolecanensuretheco-ordinationofallaspectsoftheschoolsliaisonswithallparents/carers,includingthosewhoarehardtoengage.Therolecanprovideacoherentapproachtoidentifyinggoodpracticeandareasforschooldevelopment.

    Manyschoolswillbeabletoidentifyparents/carersthatarereluctanttobeinvolvedintheirchildslearningorschoolcareer.Thesearetheso-calledhardtoengageparents/carers.Therearemanyreasonswhyparents/carersfallwithinthiscategoryandinordertoprovidesupport,itisimportanttoknowwhythisisthecase.Someofthereasonsmayinclude:

    parents/carerswithchaoticlifestyles,includingthosewithmentalhealth/substancemisuseissues

    parents/carerswithlowconfidenceand self-esteemduetotheirowndifficulties atschoollanguagebarriersculturalperceptions(insomecountries

    educationissolelytheschoolsresponsibility)asylumseekingfamiliesfamilieslivinginout-of-boroughrefugesfamilieslivinginbedandbreakfast

    accomodationsingleparents/carers,sometimesworking alongwayfromtheirchildsschoolfamilyworkpatterns,suchasdifficult

    workinghoursfamilybreakdown

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    Theparent/carerco-ordinator(e.g.ahome-schoolliaisonworker)would,overtime,assessbarrierstoengagementandprovidethenecessaryassistance,suchasoutreachsupport.

    Buildingagoodrelationshipwiththechild/youngpersonandtheirparents/carersisastepnearertoengagement.

    Someofthemorevulnerablefamilies(e.g.thosewithsubstancemisuseissues)mayrequireadditionalsupport,includingco-ordinationandliaisonwithothervoluntaryandstatutoryservicestoaffectengagement.

    Itisusefultorememberthatelicitingtheviewsofallparents/carers(includingthosereluctanttobeinvolved)isimportantifaschoolistotrulyrepresenttherangeofneedswithinitscommunity.ThisisevenmoresignificantwiththegrowthofExtendedSchoolsServices.Thewholeschoolapproach(seediagramp.)providesausefulcontextforseekingtheviewsofallparents/carers.Forexample,itisbeneficialwhenaschoolisreviewingitsSexandRelationshipEducationPolicy(SRE)orDrugEducationPolicy(includingincidentmanagement)toknowhowthesepoliciesareperceivedandtheissuesthattheymayraise,particularlywithinthehardtoengagecommunities.

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    Ways of engaging with groups of parents/carers Schoolscanengagewithgroupsofparents/carersinseveralwaysincluding:

    TransitionprojectsThesecanbeagoodopportunitytoreinforcetheschoolsinclusiveandwelcomingethos.Theycandemonstratethebenefitsofparent/carersupportandtherangeofservicesthatcanbeaccessed,suchashowtheschoolsupportstheemotionalhealthandwellbeingoftheirchildrenandyoungpeople,bothonsiteandinthecommunity.

    LearntogetheropportunitiesTheschoolcantakeontheroleoffacilitatingjointchildren,youngpeopleandparent/carersessionsontopicssuchashealthycookingclasses,physicalactivityclasses,ordiscussingtheschoolsapproachtoanti-bullyingorSRE.

    ThemeddiscussionSmallgroup,themeddiscussions,basedonneedand/orarisingfromoutreachwork,suchasonSREorhealthyeating,canpreparechildrena...

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