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Engaging parents, whānau, and community

What the research says

  • Parents, whānau, and the community are key players in a young person’s education. They play an important role in helping their children feel positive about going to school and in helping teachers better understand the students they are teaching.
  • Parents also have an important part to play in keeping their child focused on learning and achievement. This can be through showing an ongoing interest in their children’s activities at school, and by monitoring the amount of leisure time the child spends on watching TV or playing computer games.
  • While the great majority of parents value education highly and wish their child to do well at school, some parents do not feel confident about interacting with schools or confident enough to support their child’s learning in the most effective way.
  • Parents are not always well informed about how well their child is doing at school; for example, some parents believe their children are achieving well in particular subjects and doing well at school generally when in reality they are among the lowest achieving students.
  • The importance of effectively engaging with parents, whānau, and the community is widely recognised; however, there are often significant challenges in achieving this. This means that schools and teachers in particular often need to find creative and flexible approaches to engaging with them if they are to effect change.

More about the importance of fostering good relationships is included in chapter 7 of Easing the transition from primary to secondary schooling: Helpful information for schools to consider:

PDF icon. Chapter 7 - Easing the transition from primary to secondary schooling (PDF, 70 KB)

Further information is available in chapter 3:

PDF icon. Chapter 3 - Easing shorter term aspects of the transition (PDF, 205 KB)

Published on: 19 Jan 2012