“In this complex world, it takes more than a good school to educate children. And it takes more than a good home. It takes these two major educational institutions working together.”
Dorothy Rich, author of MegaSkills®
Without the information and skills to communicate with each other, perceptions and distrust can flourish between parents/carers and the school.
Parents should be valued partners in the education system. Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued, and safe.
Why is this important?
Studies have indicated that children whose parents/carers share in their formal education tend to do better in school. Some of the benefits include:
- Higher grades
- Long term academic achievement
- Positive attitudes and behaviour
- More effective schools
All parents/carers want their children to become successful, caring adults. Sometimes, they don’t know how to get involved to start, when to find the time, or how to go about making positive connections with the school.
At the most basic level, parents/carers can begin encouraging the education of their children by showing that they truly value education themselves.
Parents should be valued partners in the education system. Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued, and safe. An inclusive school consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of parents/carers and their students. Through recognition and support, an inclusive school provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of the student’s education.
Parents/Carers and teachers in partnership
Research tells us that:
- If their children have an emotional or behavioural problem, parents frequently turn to teachers for help.
- When parents feel comfortable in the school environment, it makes them more likely to ask for help or support related to their child.
- Parents who get involved are more likely to understand and support any particular approaches that are being used with a child and will support these strategies at home.
- Parents who get involved take a greater role in their child’s education and activities around schooling, which leads children do better academically and socially.
Benefits of parent/carer involvement
- perform better at school when their parents are involved in their education.
- settle better into school programs when their parents are involved.
- feel valued and important when their parents take an interest in their lives.
- experience a higher level of job satisfaction in an environment that encourages listening, respect and appreciation.
- stress levels are reduced when staff and parents work in partnership.
- can develop important social skills when they communicate with parents.
- Involvement gives the opportunity to discuss their child’s interests with teachers and to have some input into their lessons.
- Parents/Carers who are familiar with the school feel more comfortable about raising concerns and discussing solutions with teachers.
- Positive partnerships with teachers can relieve parent/carer stress.