- Build formal and informal structures to respectfully consult with all parents/carers and the community.
- Use the Family School Partnerships Framework School Assessment Tool – Reflection Matrix for planning.
- Embed the importance of developing relationships with the community into the school’s Strategic Improvement Plan.
- Adopt a 'strength based' approach towards all parents, with staff to adopt the attitude that parents and carers are doing the best they can on any given day.
- Seek to understand issues that are important to the community.
- Employ community liaison officers (CLOs) to communicate formally and informally with parents.
- Provide professional learning for staff around a 'strength based' approach to reporting.
- Share technology across partner schools so parents can engage with the whole K-12 community in their local area.
Developing positive relationships
The development and maintenance of mutual trust and respect are essential for positive relationships to be sustained. Schools are encouraged to recognise families as the first and continuing educators of their children.
Sanctuary Point Public School has implemented a psychosocial teaching support approach for significantly disengaged students. The activity involved teacher-led psychosocial interventions focused on supporting the social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD) of children and young people. The activity addressed the needs of students who were experiencing difficulty attending school or struggling with anxiety and engagement.