Key Points
  • Hear EEF's parental engagement lead, Matthew van Poortvliet discuss their recently published, guidance report on parental engagement, including an overview of the research and evidence to date
  • Learn how to build trust and relationships with disengaged parents and foster a culture where all parents feel welcome and valued
  • Hear the CEO of an academy trust discuss the need for school leadership, vision and values with parental engagement including tips on strategy, buy-in, training, best value and measuring impact
  • Be inspired listening to case studies from early years, primary and secondary schools on their approaches to parental engagement and the successes and failures they've encountered along the way


Overview
Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Janet Goodall, Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath
  • Matthew van Poortvliet, Head of Programmes, Education Endowment Foundation
  • Jane Coogan, Parent Support Worker, Stanley Grove Primary Academy,
  • Mary Taylor, Head of Programmes, Family Links: The Centre for Emotional Health
  • Dr Kathy Weston, Parental Engagement Expert and Co-Author of Engaging Parents
  • Dr Neelam Parmer, Director of E-Learning, Ashford school and Trustee, the Learning Foundation
  • Maggie Bailey, CEO, Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust and Executive Headteacher, Grey Court School
  • Graham Cunningham, Headteacher, Longdean School
  • Caroline Kerr School Counsellor, Dragon School, Oxford
  • Harriet Gervasio, Early Years Improvement Adviser, Early Years Service, Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Jackie Pitman, Early Years Narrowing the Gap Adviser Early Years Service, Cambridgeshire County Council

    Supporting and increasing parental engagement in children's learning outside of school is the key to raising attainment. While parents and carers play a pivotal role in supporting their children’s learning, when parents and carers work in partnership with schools to improve children's learning, the benefits can be significant.

    Successful schools are those where parental engagement is at the centre of the school ethos and in order to achieve that, schools need to engage with the parents in order for the parents to engage with their children's learning. But building positive school-parent partnerships, particularly with disengaged parents and carers, is no easy task.

    Westminster Insight's Parental Engagement in Children's Learning Conference has been designed to provide practical support and advice to primary and secondary schools to enable them to foster and nurture positive partnerships with disengaged parents and carers to narrow the achievement gap and raise attainment at their school.

    Scheduled for Wednesday 26th June in London and featuring Matthew van Poortvliet, EEF's Head of Programmes and Parental Engagement Lead as the keynote speaker along with Dr Janet Goodall, Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Bath as chair and opening keynote, this insightful one-day conference will also include:

    A joint presentation by the Head of Programmes at Family Links: The Centre for Emotional Health and a Counsellor from a school in Oxford on how to build trust and relationships with disengaged parents and foster a culture where all parents feel welcome and valued

    The CEO of an academy trust discuss the need for school leadership, vision and values with parental engagement including tips on strategy, buy-in, training, best value and measuring impact

    A case study from Jane Coogan, Director of Parental Engagement Network and Parent Support Worker at Stanley Grove Primary Academy on how her school has engaged parents with several projects in collaboration with the Parental Engagement Network

    Dr Kathy Weston, Parental Engagement Expert and Co-Author of Engaging Parents on how to maximise opportunities for parents and schools to work effectively together by examining and improving key pivotal points of interaction

    A case study of a secondary school working in a diverse and challenging context on the strategic approach they've taken to engaging parents to boost pupil progress and how they've measured the social and academic impact of this engagement

    A Trustee of the Learning Foundation and Director of E-Learning at Ashford School on how to utilise effective technology to communicate better and engage more with parents

    A case study from Cambridgeshire County Council Early Years’ Service about a project that aims to inspire families to become more involved in their children's development along with sharing parental engagement success stories in early years’ settings and schools


Agenda
Start

09:15 - 09:45
Registration

 

09:45 - 09:55
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Janet Goodall Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath

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09:55 - 10:05
Opening Keynote - Narrowing the Gap/Fulfilling the Debt

 
  • What is parental engagement in children’s learning really about and why should schools take an interest?
  • What does parental engagement really look like?
  • Are families "hard to reach" or are schools not doing enough to reach them?

Speakers

Dr. Janet Goodall Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath

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10:05 - 10:45
Keynote Address: The EEF's Perspective on Parental Engagement in Children's Learning

 
  • An overview of the research and evidence into parental engagement, including:
    • The challenges and barriers;
    • Areas of promise
    •  Guidance for schools

Speakers

Matthew van Poortvliet Head of Programmes, Education Endowment Foundation

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10:45 - 11:15
Parental Engagement and School Leadership, Vision and Values

 
  • How can schools, and teachers in particular, manage parental engagement on top of everything else when they're under so much pressure to do so much already?
  • Setting the tone and ethos for your school's parental engagement approach taking school context and cohort into account
  • Developing a parental engagement strategy for your school and a delivery action plan that's tailored to different years and consistently embedded in school life
  • Setting staff expectations, making staff accountable and securing staff buy-in
  • Training staff on how to engage parents and work in partnership
  • Determining where you're going to get best value with your parental engagement initiatives; moving away from ideals and embracing the reality to achieve real results
  • Measuring the impact and effectiveness of your initiatives

Speakers

Maggie Bailey CEO, Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust and Executive Headteacher, Grey Court School

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11:15 - 11:35
Coffee Break

 

11:35 - 12:10
Building Trust and Relationships with Disengaged Parents and Fostering a Culture Where All Parents Feel Welcome and Valued

 
  • Looking at the bigger system – children, young people, families, teachers, community
  • What are the barriers to building relationships between parents and schools?
  • Those on the margins – why is it hard to belong? Why is it hard for parents to engage with learning at home and within school?
  • Attachment relationship of parents/carers to the school – what goes wrong, how can we help?
  • Tackling issues of parental anxiety with regards to education, schools and learning, where their own ingrained experience of school has fostered an unsupportive view of education/school
  • Building the right relationship culture and aligning all school staff behaviour to foster those relationships
  • How can we support staff and increase their skills and confidence to form relationships with those deemed hard to reach?

Speakers

Caroline Kerr School Counsellor, Dragon school, Oxford

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Mary Taylor Head of Programmes, Family Links: The Centre for Emotional Health

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12:10 - 12:45
Maximising Opportunities for Parents and Schools to Work Effectively Together by Examining and Improving Key Pivotal Points of Interaction

 
  • Identifying the key pivotal points of interaction between schools and parents such as parents evenings, school reports, transition etc.
  • Utilising each interaction to improve communication, build a relationship and discuss key issues such as homework, detentions and taking time off during term time etc
  • Building positive school-parent relationships and parental capacity around learning through working effectively together

Speakers

Dr Kathy Weston Parental Engagement Expert and Co-Author of Engaging Parents

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12:45 - 13:20
Utilising Effective Technology to Communicate Better and Engage More with Parents

 
  • Examining changing patterns of communication between schools and parents
  • Exploring how certain uses of technology have engaged parents - the power of technology to ease the relationship and increase interaction
  • Assessing your school's website, virtual learning environments and school communication channels - how welcoming, relevant, engaging, user-friendly and up to date is it?
  • Making your school curriculum, activities homework and tasks accessible to parents anytime, anywhere and at any place
  • The good, bad and ugly with using technology in communications - some examples to follow
  • Nudge behaviour and social norming; what's the theory behind it and examples of contexts where it's worked well
  • Applying nudge behaviour and social norming to a school environment 

Speakers

Dr Neelam Parmar Director of E-Learning, Ashford School and Trustee, the Learning Foundation

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13:20 - 14:20
Networking Lunch

 

14:20 - 14:45
Early Years Case Study - Cambridgeshire County Council Early Years Service

 
'Talking Together in Cambridgeshire' is a Community Literacy Project that aims to enable children to develop strong communication, language and literacy skills and to inspire families to become more involved in their children's development.

The project is run by Cambridgeshire County Council Early Years’ Service, who will share information about TTiC along with parental engagement success stories in early years’ settings and schools.

Speakers

Harriet Gervasio Early Years Improvement Adviser, Early Years Service, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Jackie Pitman Early Years Narrowing the Gap Adviser, Early Years Service, Cambridgeshire County Council

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14:45 - 15:10
Primary School Case Study - Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Longsight, Manchester

 
Hear a case study from a primary school that has engaged parents with several projects in collaboration with the Parental Engagement Network. Through Jane's invaluable experience as a director of the Parental Engagement Network, along with her role as a parent support worker at Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Jane will talk through the school’s experiences of working in partnership with families to improve outcomes for children and build relationships with parents from School Readiness to Active Families.

Speakers

Jane Coogan Parent Support Worker, Stanley Grove Primary Academy and Director, Parental Engagement Network

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15:10 - 15:35
Secondary School Case Study - Longdean School, Hemel Hempstead, London

 
Working in a diverse and challenging context, Longdean Secondary School has taken a strategic approach to engaging parents to boost pupil progress. By experimenting and trying new initiatives, each targeting a different group of students, and evaluating the impact of these initiatives, Longdean School has been able to effectively engage with a wide range of parents and measure the social and academic impact of this engagement.

Speakers

Graham Cunningham Headteacher, Longdean School

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15:35 - 15:40
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Janet Goodall Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath

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End

Speakers

Maggie Bailey CEO, Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust and Executive Headteacher, Grey Court School

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Jane Coogan Parent Support Worker, Stanley Grove Primary Academy and Director, Parental Engagement Network

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Graham Cunningham Headteacher, Longdean School

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Harriet Gervasio Early Years Improvement Adviser, Early Years Service, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dr. Janet Goodall Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath

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Caroline Kerr School Counsellor, Dragon school, Oxford

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Dr Neelam Parmar Director of E-Learning, Ashford School and Trustee, the Learning Foundation

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Jackie Pitman Early Years Narrowing the Gap Adviser, Early Years Service, Cambridgeshire County Council

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Mary Taylor Head of Programmes, Family Links: The Centre for Emotional Health

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Matthew van Poortvliet Head of Programmes, Education Endowment Foundation

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Dr Kathy Weston Parental Engagement Expert and Co-Author of Engaging Parents

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