Parents, carers and families are by far the most important people in a child's life and when parents are successfully and meaningfully involved as partners in their child's learning and in the life of the school, children do better. The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 strengthened the place of parents within Scottish education by placing a duty on Scottish Ministers and Education Authorities to promote the involvement of parents in children’s education and the wider life of the school. Scotland's curriculum, Curriculum for Excellence recognises the crucial role parents play in their child's education, both at school and at home and supports schools and parents to work in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for their children.
Research tells us that families living in more deprived areas are more likely to experience greater stress in their lives, which can include financial hardship, isolation and exclusion, magnified by a lack of access to support networks. This can have an impact on their ability to deliver positive parenting for their children, potentially leading to lower educational attainment.
Use the guides contained within these sections to work with your parent forum to develop your own parental engagement strategy, starting with understanding the particular needs of the parents within your school community.