Getting parents involved in schools

Released 20/03/2014

20 March 2014

Getting parents involved with schools

ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today announced an Australian-first project to help parents get more involved with their children's schools.

The ACT Government is partnering with the non-profit Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) on the two-year Progressing Parental Engagement in the ACT project across ACT public, Catholic and Independent schools.

"The ACT Government is committed to delivering better schools and the best education for our children," Ms Burch said.

"There is no doubt that children do better at school when their parents and carers are actively involved. Parents are the first teachers and must be involved throughout their child's education.

"However, there is no one-size-fits-all definition and this research is about finding out what projects are working, and trialling those projects in a variety of schools.

"This is part of the ACT Government's commitment to support the nation-leading performance of our schools through quality teachers, effective learning environments, and putting parents and children at the centre of our schools."

Progressing Parental Engagement in the ACT is a collaboration between the ACT Education and Training Directorate, the Catholic Education Office and the Association of Independent Schools.

It will be delivered in two phases – first, defining parental engagement and key indicators of positive parental engagement; secondly, pilot testing across selected public, Catholic and Independent schools by the end of 2015.

"Our children deserve access to a quality education system which welcomes parents and carers as partners in education and learning," Ms Burch said.

"I will continue to improve engagement options with parents and carers to deliver an education system that is both high-performing and tailored to every family's needs."

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