Standards for Parent and Family Involvement Programmes – Part 3

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STANDARD INDICATORS OF SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMMES

The term “parent involvement” is used to describe participation by a child’s primary caretaker(s) – whether that is a single mom, two parents, grandparents, foster parents, or an older sibling. More broadly, many parent involvement programs also address the needs of the entire family and include younger siblings and others’ roles in creating school success.

Standard I Communication between home and school is regular, ensure it is two-way and meaningful.

•    Use a variety of communication tools on a regular basis, seeking to facilitate two-way interaction.
•    Communicate with parents regarding positive pupil behaviour and achievement, not just misbehaviour. Is essential.
•    Disseminate information on school policies, procedures & goals and include parents in decision-making process.

Standard II Parenting skills are promoted and supported.

Provide accessible parenting information and provide training and support to families.
Encourage staff members to demonstrate respect for families and recognize the family’s primary role in the education of children.

Standard III Parents play an integral role in assisting pupil learning.

Involve parents in setting pupil goals each year. Encourage the development of a personalised education plan for each pupil, where parents are full partners.
Provide information regarding how parents can foster learning at home and inform parents of expectations at each grade level.

Standard IV Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought.

Create a climate in which parents feel valued and welcome.
Organize an easy, accessible programme for utilising parent volunteers, providing ample training.
Ensure that volunteer activities are meaningful and built on volunteer interests and abilities.
Educate teachers in effectively utilising volunteers.
Show appreciation for parent’s participation and value their diverse contributions.

Standard V Parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families.

Provide accessible processes for influencing decisions, raising concerns and resolving problems.
Treat parent concerns with respect.
Include parents in all decision-making and advisory committees and ensure adequate training.
Provide parents with current information regarding school policies, practices and performance data.

Standard VI Community resources are used to strengthen schools, families and pupil learning.

Foster pupil participation in community service.
Develop a community relations committee that offers parents opportunities to develop partnerships with local business and service groups.

 

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