Last year the department required all state schools a pedagogical framework based around a set of criteria. This has been done and we will continue to embed it over the next few years. This year all schools are required to develop a parent engagement framework. Although we do have a lot of parents involved in our school in one way or another we are an example of why this is an important push by the government. P&Cs everywhere are finding it difficult to get parents involved, even though they are important part in improving children’s schooling. Parent and community engagement has been one of our priority areas in our Annual Improvement Plan (AIP) for the last couple of years and will continue to be this year. We will start developing our parent engagement framework next term, but we still need parents involved in our school now. We do understand that in our ever changing world that parents are finding it hard to find the time to help out at school, but there are all sorts of ways you can be involved in your children’s education. That is so important for your children to see you involved &/or interested in their schooling as that demonstrates to them that their education is important to you. Parents should not underestimate how what they say and do about schooling affects their children’s attitude and engagement towards their own schooling.
What can you do to help at home? Get involved!Even if you have a very hectic life, find a way to get involved in your children’s school. There are so many things you can do, volunteer in class, in the tuckshop, come along to P&C meetings, parade, sports days, Cecil Celebrations, anything that is happening in the school. If you can do those things regularly, great, but even if it is only once a term, that appreciated also. Make time to meet with your children’s teacher/s. Look at your children’s STARS targets with them and their teacher and see how you can help at home. There are so many different ways you can get involved in your children’s learning, but get involved.