- build formal and informal structures to respectfully consult with all parents 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 plan
- adopt a ‘strength based’ approach towards all parents, i.e. staff are encouraged 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.
Establishing supportive relationships
Auburn North Public School’s community is culturally diverse with more than 97% of students from language backgrounds other than English. All new families are welcomed into the school through interviews with parents and students on arrival. Community liaison officers, interpreters and local community support networks are made available when required.
Two multi-lingual community liaison officers are employed to establish supportive relationships and enhance communication. Ninety-five percent of parents attend biannual conferences with teachers and students to collaboratively set goals for student learning.
The school website has been developed to enable students and parents to have access to quality online curriculum links through the library to support learning goals. Twitter, Sentral and other applications are used for two-way communication. Parent workshops focus have been held to explore use of communication tools preferred by the school.