Engaging parents in schooling

It is widely accepted that parental partnership with the school can ensure that parents are more responsible and realistic about what is best for their children. According to Goodall and Vorhaus, “School improvement and school effectiveness research consistently show that parental engagement is one of the key factors in securing higher student achievement. (“https://education.gov.scot/improvement/Documents/par2-section1-Feb17.pdf )

Improved student achievement includes the provision of high-quality instruction along with sensitive teachers and parents’ responsibilities for supporting their children’s learning. Student attainment also includes the importance of ongoing interaction between teachers and parents including parent-teacher meetings, frequent reports to parents and reasonable access to staff.

Government Senior Secondary School, Soreng, has a culture of encouraging parental participation in students’ education so that they are aware of the development of the student all the year round. In 2018-2019, after the baseline assessment for the Remedial Education and first Periodic Assessment was completed, all the Parents/Guardians were invited for a Parent Teacher Meeting. The score sheets from the Baseline Assessments and Report cards from the Periodic Test were handed over to the students and their parents who were asked to discuss their results in details. The students were encouraged to express their feelings about their results, the quality of teaching in the classroom and any other issue that was bothering them. On the basis of the discussion with their wards, parents had a further discussion with the subject teacher and discussed the successes of their ward as well as problems that they were facing. In turn, teachers also informed parents about particular students who would require additional support in the class. This relationship between the parents and the teachers continued the entire year where the progress of the student has been continuously discussed with parents based on their performance in the remedial as well as regular classes so that parents are aware of the growth that they are undergoing.

While parents know about the critical role they have in a child’s life, they are unequipped to explain child behaviour and attitudes or why a child is unable to achieve the learning outcomes that they should. Schools that work on building relationships with parents ensures parent-teacher communication that can motivate students to complete their assignments, which result in better results and ultimately help them develop holistically.

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