Tips for engaging ‘hard to reach’ parents

Stereotyping families won’t get us anywhere, insists Margaret Mulholland – so let’s do engagement better

How to engage 'hard to reach' parents

Just how important is parental involvement in schools? Not surprisingly, a wealth of international research supports the consensus that it is vital.

Yet it’s worrying to note that active parental engagement still tends to correlate with social status, income and the parents’ own level of education. Where parents have a poor relationship with education, are we doing enough to be inclusive?

Desforges et al (1) convincingly argue that it is the “at-home” relationship with learning that has the most impact on outcomes, suggesting we should do more to identify ways of strengthening parental ...

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