Text version – Parents as partners

Journey summary

Curran Public School believes that strong early learning foundations – which combine the best in teaching practice alongside supported parents – make for successful and engaged lifelong learners. We do this through evidence-based programs, such as ‘Parents as Partners’, and by providing care and wellbeing for all their students and their families.

Students in this team have been led through a problem-solving framework to address needs in our community. Our project is achieved through an evidence-based approach and by providing care and wellbeing for all our students and their families. The phenomenal achievements of our Future Problem Solving Team are a testimony to our approach.

Journey focus area

  • Building strong community partnerships to support in and out of the home.
  • Students are empowered with the knowledge that they have made a difference to young lives.
  • Parents have an increased capacity to provide opportunities and options for their children.
  • Growth in parent engagement within the school.
  • Utilise student voice in addressing community needs.

Timelines and milestones

2015 milestones
  • Nominated ourselves to be in the team of 12 after hearing FPS information sessions.
  • Identified area of concern and approval from the Principal.
  • Contacted subject matter expert (SME) and researched the importance of early learning in the home.
  • Researched ideas completed for students.
2016 milestones
  • 50% of our team are now in High School.
  • Ran interviews and selected 6 new Year 5’s.
  • Completed survey interviews with parents, students and teachers to get more feedback.
2017 milestones
  • New Year 5’s interviewed and now mentored by Year 6’s.
  • New kindergarten assessment and surveys analysed.

Positive impact

  • An improvement in results with a greater percentage of students reaching their benchmark in both literacy and numeracy.
  • Greater collaboration between students’ parents and community.
  • Better staff relationships and respect within the community.
  • Collective efficacy for the whole community.
  • Belief in a team approach and shared goals to improve student outcomes.
  • Students as designers and problem solvers.
  • Students can make a difference.
  • Enhanced community and school partnerships.
  • Sense of achievement and celebration.
  • A greater value placed on Parents as Partners in Learning.

Emotions

  • Community spirit
  • Passion
  • Pride
  • Accomplishment
  • Dignity

Main challenges and solutions

  • Built relationships with the new parents and their children to create trust and respect.
  • Help during START WELL sessions.
  • Improve the resources to increase interest, engagement and knowledge of ‘our goals’.
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