Five ideas for engaging with parents
Create a buzz around your school’s achievements by inviting parents, grandparents and carers to be part of the story. Here’s a few suggestions for ways to include your parent community's voice in Education Week.
Remember the days of the old school yard
Invite a parent/grandparent/carer who attended the school to talk to the class about how the school, and education in general, has changed. Help direct the conversation by suggesting topics for discussion such as changes to curriculum, uniform, motto, buildings, technology, equipment etc. To help facilitate the conversation consider inviting the guest to visit the school ahead of the event to show them around the school and point out some of the changes that have occurred.
Parents as experts
Invite parents/carers into the classroom, working alongside the teacher, to share the story of their field of expertise and how they gained their knowledge.
Hold a technology day where students ‘teach’ parents/grandparents/carers how to use technology such as tablets and smart phones.
Hold an Open Day
Invite parents/grandparents/carers into the classroom to look at students' work and watch performances.
Collaborating with parents
Invite parents and carers into be ‘constructive critics’. For example food technology students could cook a dish for a panel of parents. In music, students and parents who play instruments could be invited to perform together.
Tips for your event
- To effectively collaborate with culturally and linguistically diverse families schools, you may need to employ an interpreter or have information translated. Detailed information on interpreting and translations is available in the Interpreting and translations guidelines (staff only) (PDF 313KB).
- Don’t forget to invite your local MP and local media along to attend, and to share photos on your school's social media using #EDWEEK19.
- Ensure all participating students have up-to-date permission to publish forms for any photographs or video for publication.