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EngagingParents and CarersGuidance for Schools Healthier Living & LearningForeword Pg4Introduction Pg7Whyisitimportantforschoolstoengagewithparents/carersaspartoftheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme? Pg8Whataresomeofthefactorsthatmightaffectparent/carerparticipationinschools? Pg1Workingwithhardtoengageparents/carers Pg1Waysofengagingwithgroupsofparents/carers Pg16Ladderofparental/carerparticipation Pg18LeadershipandManagement Pg0Usingself-evaluationtoimproveparental/carerparticipation Pg Howhavewereachedourcurrentposition? Pg Wheredowewanttobeinthefuture? Pg4Parental/carerparticipationandOfstedsSelfEvaluationForm Pg5 UsingtheNHSPNationalAudittoaddress issuesraisedintheOfstedSEF,Section Pg5ToolsandTechniques Pg8Conclusion Pg1UsefulWebsites PgReferences PgAppendix1-Self-reviewofparticipationwithparents/carers Pg4Appendix-Engagementsummary Pg8ContentsHealthier Living & Learning4ForewordThisdocumenthasbeenwrittenforschools,LocalProgrammeCo-ordinatorsandotherpartneragenciesinvolvedintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme.Itaimstosetoutarangeofgoodpracticeexamplesandstrategiesfortheeffectiveengagementofparents/carers,includingthosethataredifficulttoengage.5Inthisdocumentthetermparents/carerswillbeusedtorefertoallcategoriesofparentwhichincludesteenageparents,singleparents,fosterparents,corporateparents(localauthority),fathers,samesexparents,parentsfromvulnerablefamilygroups(e.g.thoseaffectedbysubstancemisuse),asylumseekingparents,stepparents,recentlyseparatedparents,legalguardians,parentswithEnglishasasecondlanguageandparentswithadisability.Essentiallyparents/carerswillbeusedtocoveranyadultororganisationoperatingwithinaparentingrole,includingmembersoftheextendedfamilyandlocalauthorities.Parents/carersarenotahomogenousgroupandassuchtheyhavedifferentneedsandthereforemayrequiredifferentmethodsofengagement.How should this document be used?Inthisdocumentwelookatwhyitisimportantforschoolstoengagewithparents/carersaspartoftheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme,whatthecurrentlevelsofparticipationareinschools,aswellaswaysofworkingwithhardtoengageparents/carers.WeincludeaSelfEvaluationTool,foundatAppendix1,toassesscurrentlevelsofparent/carerparticipation.TheEngagementSummary,foundatAppendix,willhelpschoolsidentifythebenefitsofusingparticularmethodstoengageindividualparents/carers.Itwillalsoallowschoolstocomparecurrentpracticewiththeladderofparticipationfoundonpage18.CentraltotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeistheWholeSchoolApproach1andworkingwithparents/carersisasignificantaspectofthis.Ifparents/carersareeffectivelyengagedinschoollife,theyaremorelikelytoparticipateandplayanactiveroleinsupportingtheirchildrentoachieve,andtohelpschoolssuccessfullygainandmaintainNationalHealthySchoolStatus.1NationalHealthySchoolsProgramme(007)WholeSchoolApproachtotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme67IntroductionTheGovernmentiskeentopromotestrongpartnershipsinvolvingparents/carersandschools.TheDepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies(DCSF)WhitepaperHigherStandards,BetterSchoolsforAllMoreChoiceforParentsandPupils(005)setsoutacommitmenttoincreasingtheinvolvementofparents/carersinschoolsandensuringthattheirvoiceisheard.TheDepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamiliespublishedtheChildrensPlanwhichsetsouttheGovernments10yearplanforchildren.AswellaswhatitcallsarootandbranchreviewofEnglishprimaryeducation,italsocontainsplansforparentrunschoolcouncilsandanationalpanelofparentstoadviseministersaspartofeffortstojoinupandimprovetheschoolandhomeexperienceofchildren.TheGovernmentproposestoplaceafurthernewdutyongoverningbodiestoformallytakeintoaccounttheviewsofparents/carers.DCSF(005)HigherStandards,BetterSchoolsforAll-MoreChoiceforParentsandPupilsDCSF(007)ChildrensPlan8Why is it important forschools to engagewith parents/carers as partof the NHSP?AHealthySchoolisawelcoming,openschool,whichactivelyincludesparents/carersaspartofthewholeschoolcommunity.Itencouragesparental/carerinvolvementandprovidestheinformationandguidanceaparent/carerneedstosupporttheirchildshealth,wellbeing,happinessandoveralleducationalsuccess.Itachievesthisthroughregularcommunicationandbycreatingarangeofopportunitiesforparents/carerstobeinvolvedinschoolactivities.Itwillalsouseeffectiveproceduresforfeedback,consultation,participationandcomplaints.TheDCSFdocumentEveryParentMatters(007)4makescleartheGovernmentsviewthatparents/carersshouldbeempoweredtoinfluenceandshapepublicservices,suchasschools,andbeginthenationaldebateastohowparents/carerscanbebestsupportedandengaged.Itoutlinestheinfluentialrolethatparents/carersplayinthedevelopmentoftheirchildslearningandconfirmsthatparentalinvolvementinachildsschoolingbetweentheagesof7-16isamorepowerfulforcethanfamilybackground,sizeoffamilyandlevelofparentaleducation.EveryParentMattersdrawsonresearchwhichfoundthatmostparents/carersbelievethattheresponsibilityfortheirchildseducationissharedbetweenparents/carersandschools.Italsohighlightsthat7percentofparents/carerssaidtheywantedmoreinvolvement.EveryParentMattersoutlinesfurthernationaldevelopments,including:greateraccesstoparent/carersupportadviserswhowilllinkcloselywiththe ExtendedSchoolsAgendahealth-ledparent/carerprojectsaNationalAcademyforParentingPractitionerstransitionalinformationsessions throughExtendedSchoolsServices.4DCSF(007)EveryParentMattershealthy eatingTheme Nameemotional health & wellbeingpersonal, social & health educationPhysical activityBeyond National Healthy School StatusMmmPupil IdentityOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivPersonal, Social& Health EducationEmotional Health& WellBeingHealthyEatingPhysicalActivityBeyond NationalHealthy School StatusWholeSchoolApproachhealthy eatingTheme Nameemotional health & wellbeingpersonal, social & health educationPhysical activityBeyond National Healthy School StatusMmmPupil IdentityOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivPersonal, Social& Health EducationEmotional Health& WellBeingHealthyEatingPhysicalActivityBeyond NationalHealthy School Statushealthy eatingTheme Nameemotional health & wellbeingpersonal, social & health educationPhysical activityBeyond National Healthy School StatusMmmPupil IdentityOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivPersonal, Social& Health EducationEmotional Health& WellBeingHealthyEatingPhysicalActivityBeyond NationalHealthy School Statushealthy eatingTheme Nameemotional health & wellbeingpersonal, social & health educationPhysical activityBeyond National Healthy School StatusMmmPupil IdentityOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivMmmOKMeActivPersonal, Social& Health EducationEmotional Health& WellBeingHealthyEatingPhysicalActivityBeyond NationalHealthy School Status1. setting up aHealthy Schoolstask group2. conducting aneeds analysis andidentifying gaps3. planning outcomesand actions4. implementing change5. monitoring6. review7. achievingNational Healthy School StatusHealthySchoolsareexpectedtoinvolveparents/carerswhensettinguptheirHealthySchoolsTaskGroup.ThistaskgroupisintegraltotheWholeSchoolApproach(seediagrambelow).*PSHE=Personal,Social,HealthandEconomiceducationatKeystage10TheOfstedreportHealthySchools,HealthyChildren?(006)5foundthatconsultationwithparents/carerswasakeyfactorintheextenttowhichschoolswereabletosuccessfullypromotehealthierlifestyles.Asuccessfulhome-schoolrelationshipcanbeakeyelementtomakingaschoolstrongerandmoreeffective.Itcanalsocontributetoachievingthefiveoutcomeswhicharemostimportanttochildrenandyoungpeople,includingstayinghealthy,assetoutinEveryChildMatters:ChangeforChildren.6Ensuringfullengagementofparents/carersintheschoolisanactivitythatconstantlyneedstobereviewedandevaluated.Schoolsneedtomakesurethattheycontinuetoachievemaximumparticipationandengagement,includingwiththoseparents/carersthataredescribedashardtoreach/difficulttoengage.AmorerecentOfstedsurvey,Parents,CarersandSchools(007)7looksintotherelationshipbetweenparent/carersupportandchildrenandyoungpeopleslearning.Itfoundthatalltheschoolsintheirsurveyvaluedtheviewsofparents/carersviews.Inadditiontothis,thebestschools:encourageparents/carersasactivepartnersdemonstrateversatility,flexibilityanddeterminationintheireffortstoengage withparents/carersidentifypreciselyhowparents/carers cancontributeevaluatetheimpactofinitiativesand,iftheydonotwork,thenchangethewayinwhichtheyarepromoted,untiltheydowork.Agoodinductionarrangementforchildrenandyoungpeoplewasfoundtobeessentialinengagingparents/carerssuccessfullyandforestablishingaworkingpartnershipwithfamilies,rightfromthestart.Welcomingtheextendedfamilyintoschoolsisalsobecomingincreasinglyimportant,witharecommendationthatschoolsshouldactivelyinvolvegrandparentsintheirgrandchildrenslearning.Moreandmoreschoolsarenowprovidingextendedactivities,includingparentingsupport.Thisincludesprovidingaccessto:parentingprogrammesusingstructured,evidencebasedprogrammes,aswell asmoreinformationopportunitiesforparents/carerstoengagewiththeschoolandeachotherfamilylearningsessionstoallowchildren tolearnwithparents/carersinformationsessionsforparent/carerssignpostingtonationalandlocallyavailablesourcesofinformationadviceandsupport.TheExtendedSchoolsServices8increasetheopportunitiesforjointactivitieswithchildrenandyoungpeopleandparents/carers.5Ofsted(006)HealthySchools,HealthyChildren?6DCSF(004)EveryChildMatters:ChangeforChildren7Ofsted(007)Parents,CarersandSchools8DCSF(005)ExtendedSchools:BuildingonExperience11Marsden Community Primary SchoolMarsdenCommunityPrimaryschool,inLancashire,hasahighnumberofchildrenofPakistaniorigin.Itwasnoticedthatitwasmainlymothersratherthanfatherswhoparticipatedinmostoftheextendedservicesschoolactivities.Inanefforttoencouragemorefatherstoparticipateinactivities,aFatherandKidsTogetherclub(FAKT)wassetup.Thisclubprovidedweeklyactivitiesforfathersandtheirchildrenincludinghealthycookandeattogethersessions,aswellasarangeofsportingactivities,suchascrowngreenbowling,basketballandindoorkwikcricket.FAKTgotofftoaveryslowstart,withrelativelysmallnumbersattending.Postersandflyerswereproducedaswellasstafftalkingtoparents/carersabouttheprojectattheschoolgate.MotherswerealsotargetedtoencouragethefatherstosupportFAKT.Themoresuccessfultheirefforts,thegreatertheamountoffreetimeFAKTwouldbeabletogenerateforthemothers!Therangeofstrategiesusedbytheschoolandtheiroverallpersistencepaidoff,asFAKTisnowconsideredahugesuccess.Asaresultofthetimefathersspendwiththeirchildren,theyhavereportedanecdotally,thattheyenjoyanenhancedrelationshipwiththeirchildren.FathersarealsomorewillingtocomeintoschooltoCase Studysupporttheirchildrenslearning.MarsdenCommunityPrimarySchoolishopingtoextendtherangeofclubsthatithasonoffertoencourageevengreaterparticipation.1What are some ofthe factors thatmight affect parent/carer participationin schools? Manyparents/carersalreadyacknowledgeawillingnesstobeinvolvedintheirchildsschoolandlearning.Someparents/carersmayneedextrahelptosupporttheirchildren.Forexample,someparents/carersmay:havehadadifficulttimewhentheywereatschoolthemselvesandmaylackconfidencecomefrombackgroundsandcultures whereinvolvementbyparentsineducationishighlydiscouragedhavedifficultiesinengagingwithschoolactivitiesduetoworkinghoursand/orlocationofwork.Someparents/carerswillfallintothehardtoreach/difficulttoengagecategoryandwillrequireanongoing,targetedapproach.Theseissuesareexploredinthenextsectionofthisguidance.1Working with hard to engage parents/carersfamilieswhereoneorbothparents/carersareinvolvedinthecriminaljusticesystemlongtermsickparents/carersparents/carerswithlittleinterestintheirchildandtheireducationfamilieswheredomesticviolenceisanissuefamilieswhereachildisdoingwellatschoolandconsequentlytheirparents/carerssusequentlydonotthinktheyneedtobeinvolvedintheireducation.TheaboveisnotanexhaustivelistanditisimportanttorememberthatnotattendingtheschoolplayisverydifferenttoneverattendingwhenaskedbytheHeadteacherattimesofcrisis.Inmanycasesengagementcanbeachieved,butitmaytakeconsiderabletimeandeffort.Itmayalsobebestachievedbystaffmembers,suchaskeyworkers,whoareattachedtobutnotpartoftheschool.Astrategywhichsomeschoolsuse,istoidentifyaparent/carerco-ordinatorrolewithintheirstaffingstructure.Thisrolecanensuretheco-ordinationofallaspectsoftheschoolsliaisonswithallparents/carers,includingthosewhoarehardtoengage.Therolecanprovideacoherentapproachtoidentifyinggoodpracticeandareasforschooldevelopment.Manyschoolswillbeabletoidentifyparents/carersthatarereluctanttobeinvolvedintheirchildslearningorschoolcareer.Thesearetheso-calledhardtoengageparents/carers.Therearemanyreasonswhyparents/carersfallwithinthiscategoryandinordertoprovidesupport,itisimportanttoknowwhythisisthecase.Someofthereasonsmayinclude:parents/carerswithchaoticlifestyles,includingthosewithmentalhealth/substancemisuseissuesparents/carerswithlowconfidenceand self-esteemduetotheirowndifficulties atschoollanguagebarriersculturalperceptions(insomecountrieseducationissolelytheschoolsresponsibility)asylumseekingfamiliesfamilieslivinginout-of-boroughrefugesfamilieslivinginbedandbreakfastaccomodationsingleparents/carers,sometimesworking alongwayfromtheirchildsschoolfamilyworkpatterns,suchasdifficultworkinghoursfamilybreakdown14Theparent/carerco-ordinator(e.g.ahome-schoolliaisonworker)would,overtime,assessbarrierstoengagementandprovidethenecessaryassistance,suchasoutreachsupport.Buildingagoodrelationshipwiththechild/youngpersonandtheirparents/carersisastepnearertoengagement.Someofthemorevulnerablefamilies(e.g.thosewithsubstancemisuseissues)mayrequireadditionalsupport,includingco-ordinationandliaisonwithothervoluntaryandstatutoryservicestoaffectengagement.Itisusefultorememberthatelicitingtheviewsofallparents/carers(includingthosereluctanttobeinvolved)isimportantifaschoolistotrulyrepresenttherangeofneedswithinitscommunity.ThisisevenmoresignificantwiththegrowthofExtendedSchoolsServices.Thewholeschoolapproach(seediagramp.)providesausefulcontextforseekingtheviewsofallparents/carers.Forexample,itisbeneficialwhenaschoolisreviewingitsSexandRelationshipEducationPolicy(SRE)orDrugEducationPolicy(includingincidentmanagement)toknowhowthesepoliciesareperceivedandtheissuesthattheymayraise,particularlywithinthehardtoengagecommunities.1516Ways of engaging with groups of parents/carers Schoolscanengagewithgroupsofparents/carersinseveralwaysincluding:TransitionprojectsThesecanbeagoodopportunitytoreinforcetheschoolsinclusiveandwelcomingethos.Theycandemonstratethebenefitsofparent/carersupportandtherangeofservicesthatcanbeaccessed,suchashowtheschoolsupportstheemotionalhealthandwellbeingoftheirchildrenandyoungpeople,bothonsiteandinthecommunity.LearntogetheropportunitiesTheschoolcantakeontheroleoffacilitatingjointchildren,youngpeopleandparent/carersessionsontopicssuchashealthycookingclasses,physicalactivityclasses,ordiscussingtheschoolsapproachtoanti-bullyingorSRE.ThemeddiscussionSmallgroup,themeddiscussions,basedonneedand/orarisingfromoutreachwork,suchasonSREorhealthyeating,canpreparechildrenandyoungpeopleforpubertyormakinghealthiermealsathome.Parents/carerscanalsobegiventheopportunitytosupportaschoolbycontributingtotheirNHSPNationalAudit.PersonalisedinvitationsThesecanbeusedtocelebratechildrenandyoungpeoplesachievements,rewardsuccess(nomatterhowsmall)andprovideparents/carerswithaverypositivereasontoengagewiththeschool.LanguageacquisitionclassesTheschoolsitecanbeusedtohosttheseclasses,whichinturn,canhelptoidentifyparent/carerneeds.Theseclassescanencouragepeersupport,withthemoreconfidentspeakerssupportingortranslatingforothers.SupportingvulnerablefamiliesatcoffeemorningsItmaybenecessarytoadoptasteppedapproachwithsomeparents/carers.Forexample,afterinitialhomevisitstherecouldbesupportedvisitsonsitetoincreaseconfidence.ExtendedSchoolsServicesSchoolscanprovideaccesstoarangeofhealthcareprofessionals.Thesecouldincludedieticianstoadviseonhealthyeating/packedlunches,andotherprofessionalstoadviseonphysicalactivityoraccesstosmokingcessationclasses(whichwillsupportthecommitmentoftheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammetosmoke-freesites).17Manyofthestrategieslistedheremayrequireasignificantamountofeffortonthepartoftheschoolandmaynotbringautomaticsuccessintheshortterm.Aswithallstrategies,theywillneedmonitoring,evaluatingandrefiningoveraperiodoftime.Differentfactorsneedtobetakenintoconsiderationwhenseekingtoengageparents/carersfromanygroup.Also,lackofengagementofparents/carersinschoollifeshouldnotbeinterpretedasdisinterestontheirpart.Schoolscan,anddo,engagewithparents/carersinmanyways.Themethodandapproachtakenisinfluencedbythetypeofengagementthataschoolisseeking.TheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeprovidesschoolswitharangeofopportunitiesforparental/carerengagement,suchascontributingtotheNHSPNationalAudit,membershipoftheHealthySchoolstaskgroup,andpolicydevelopmentandreview.Schoolscanengagewithparents/carersasequalpartnersorasexperts.Forexample,parents/carersmayhaveaparticularskillthattheschoolwishestoinvestin,suchasexpertiseinhealthycooking,physicalactivityclasses,fundraising,curriculumsupportordevelopmentofpoliciesrelatedtoNationalHealthySchoolStatus.Schoolsneedtobeclearaboutwhytheywishtoengagewithparents/carers,therolethattheywantparents/carerstoplayandthestructuresthatareinplacetosupporttheengagementofparents/carers.Themoreeffectivelyandovertlyschoolscanconveythattheyareinclusiveplaces,whichvaluetherangeofcontributionsfromparents/carers,themorelikelytheywillengageeffectivelywiththem.Itisgenerallyusefultoestablishacultureofthankingparents/carersfortheirsupportandcontributiontotheirchildrensoverallachievements.18Ladder of parental/carer participation Differentlevelsofparticipationcanberepresentedasa"ladder"(seethediagramopposite)inwhicheachrungrepresentsincreasedempowermentandsharedresponsibility.Schoolsshould:considerthepurposeofparticipationconsiderthediversityofthoseinvolvedensureitisrepresentativeselectmethodscarefullyprovidetimelyfeedbackmakeparticipationinterestingandrewarding.Higherlevelsofparticipationandengagementfromparents/carerscanalsoincludechallengeandcriticism.Theschoolneedstobepreparedforthisandtodealwithitinaconstructiveandtransparentmanner.SchoolParents/carersareinformedParents/carersareconsultedandtheirviewsaretakenintoaccountParents/carersareinvolvedinsomeaspectsofschoollifeanddecision-making.Thiscouldbeviaparent/carerevents,surveysthatdevelopoptions,action-planningandmakingchangestogetherParents/carersarefullyengagedintheschoolandparticipateinmostaspectsofschoollife.Parents/carersandtheschoolacttogetherinacollaborativepartnershipIncreasing parental/carer participation10Leadership and Management TheschoolsLeadershipTeamhasasignificantroletoplayintheongoingengagementofparents/carers.Engagingwithparents/carersisawholeschoolmatter,whichshouldbewellco-ordinated.ItshouldinvolveallstaffbutitshouldalsofeatureasakeytaskfortheSeniorLeadershipTeam.Thereshouldbeasharedresponsibilityforallofthosewhoworkontheschoolsiteinconveyingwelcomingmessages.Itisespeciallyimportantthatanyreviewofpractice,policiesandprotocolsinvolvesallstaff,especiallythesitemanagerandofficestaff,asthesearethepeoplewhoparents/carersaremostlikelytomeetonarrival.TheWholeSchoolApproach,advocatedbytheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeprovidesamodeltosupportchangeinyourschoolthatinvolveschildren,youngpeople,staff,parents/carersandgovernors.TheHealthySchoolstaskgroup,whichrepresentsacross-sectionoftheschoolcommunity,couldbeausefulgrouptodrivethisworkforward.Asuggestedactionforthetaskgroupistoanalysetrends,evaluateprogressandaddressissuesarisingfromtheschoolseffortstoengageparents/carers.Thisshouldalsoincludeclearreviewprocessesagainstactionsthathavetakenplace.ParentingSupport,GuidanceforLocalAuthorities(006)requiresalllocalauthoritiestodevelopastrategicandjoined-updesignanddeliveryofparentingsupportservicesandasinglepointforcommissioningservicesacrossthelocalauthority.Theschoolleadershipteam,aspartofitsworkwithintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme,wouldbenefitfrombeingawareoftheparentingstrategyofitsownlocalauthorityandhowtoaccessservicesforparents/carersandinfluencethecommissioningprocess.Theschoolleadershipteammightconsiderhavingparental/carerengagementaspartofanongoingprogrammeandtoidentifythisclearlyintheirSchoolImprovementPlan.Ahelpfulpublication,MaterialsforSchools,Involvingparents,Raisingachievement(00),10combinesclearmessagesabouttheneedtoplanstrategicallytoimproveparental/carerengagement,withpracticalexamplesforbothprimaryandsecondaryschoolstohelpthemachievethis.SomeschoolshavebenefitedfromidentifyingaspecificleadwithintheSeniorLeadershipTeamforparental/carerengagement,aswellDCSF(006)ParentingSupport,GuidanceforAuthorities10IPRA(00)MaterialsforSchools,Involvingparents,RaisingAchievement1astheroleofaparent/carerco-ordinator.Theleadershiprolewouldincludeanoverviewoftheeffectivenessofparental/carerengagementwithintheschoolandwouldinvolvereviewingschoolactivitiesandsettingnewpriorities.Theparent/carerco-ordinatorsroleallowsparents/carerstoraiseissuesthatarenotdirectlyrelatedtotheirchild,especiallywhereparents/carersmaywishtogivemoregeneralfeedbackandwouldnotnormallyapproachtheclassteacherortutor.Anexamplemightbeaparent/carerwhoisdissatisfiedwiththecurrentschoolmealmenuortheapproachadoptedtominimisebullying.Someschoolshavearangeofstaffwhocanofferthisparent/carerco-ordinatorrole,suchasahome-schoolliaisonworker,learningmentororparent/carersupportadviser.Hinde House Secondary School, Sheffield AtHindeHouse,aninnercityschoolinSheffield,itwasfeltthatmoreshouldbedonetoencouragehigh-qualityphysicalactivityamongchildrenandyoungpeople.Adancetutorwasemployedandco-ordinateddancelessonsthroughouttheday.Parents/carersweretheninvitedtotakepartandfamilydancewasintroducedasanafter-schoolactivity,sharedbychildren,youngpeopleandparents/carers.Case StudyTheactivityisfun,beneficialtotheirrelationshipsandalsohelpstoencourageahealthierlifestyle.Theschoolusedaneffectivestrategytoenticeparents/carers.Thedancingthemewaspromotedamongthechildrenandyoungpeople,lettersweresenthomeinvitingtheirparents/carersandtheywerethenremindedofthedancelessonswhenpickinguptheirchildrenfromschool.Itwasmarketedasafamilydancesessionthatwouldbefree,funandlight-hearted.Parents/carersweretoldthatitwouldincludeabitofeverythingincludinglinedancingandimprovisation.Thefirstafter-schoolclubranforsixweeksandwasagreatsuccess,andthesecondcoursewasoversubscribed.Parents/carersandtheirchildrenhavefoundahealthyactivitywhichhasallowedthemtodevelopaskillandspendtimetogether.Using self-evaluation to improve parental/carer participation Aself-evaluationprocesscanhelpdeterminewheretheschoolisplacedintermsofengagingparents/carersandcanprovidethebasisforimprovingparental/carerparticipationintheschool.Whendevelopingmechanismsforlisteningandactingonfeedbackfromparents/carersitisimportanttoseektheviewsandcontributionsofallparents/carersandnotonlyrelyonthosewhoregularlycontributeorwhoaremostvocal.Itisparticularlyimportanttotryandensurethatthehardertoengagefamiliesarealsoabletoparticipateandexpresstheirviewsandideas.Self-evaluationcananddoestakemanydifferentforms.Onesimpletechniqueistoaskthequestionhowwellhastheschoolcommunicatedandengagedwithparents/carersinthelastyear?inconjunctionwithcompletinganaudittrailofthepreviousyear.Thiswillenableyoutomeasurethequalityandquantityofmaterialandopportunitiesthatparents/carershavebeenoffered,andwillprovidevaluableinformationthatcanbeworkedontoimproveparticipationandengagement.Consider: How well are we working with parents/carers?How effective are our methods?Where are we now? Areparents/carersalreadyhelpinginactivities?Ifsowhichones?Whatisworkingwell?Howcanwebuildonthepositiveexamples?Haveweengagedparents/carersinalloftheactivitiesinachievingNationalHealthySchoolStatus?Areourmethodsversatile,flexibleanddetermined?WhichNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeactivitieshadahighparental/carertakeuprate?Ifparents/carersarenotengaging,doweknowwhy?Whereisourevidence?Howaccessibleistheschooltoparents/carers?Howisthissituationmonitored?Whatdatadowecollect?Howisitanalysed?Howdoweknow?Howoftendoweevaluateoureffortstoengagewithparents/carers?Howareparents/carersmadewelcome?Isthereanopportunityforparents/carerstocommentontheiroverallwelcome?Whatdoestheirfeedbacktellus?Haveweactedonit?Doweknowifanygroupsofparents/carersareunder-representedatschoolactivities?Ifyes,doweknowwhichgroupsandwhy?Whatstrategiesareinplacetodealwiththis?Hastherebeenanyimprovementofengagementwithunder-representedgroups?Havewefocusedonconsultationandinformationsharingratherthanparticipationinvolvingdecision-making?Dowemonitorthis?Canweimprovethelevelofparticipation?How have we reached the current position?4Consider: What do we need to consider? What methods could we use?Where do we want to be? Howeffectivecanourcommunicationssystemswithparents/carersbe?Howbestcanwecommunicatewithhardtoengageparents/carers?Howcanweencourageparents/carerstobecomeinvolvedintheschool?Couldourparents/carersbemoreinvolvedintheactivitieslinkedtoourparticipationintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme?Canweinvolveourparents/carersthroughextendedactivities?HowcanwemoveuptheLadderofParticipation?(SeePg.18).Whatmonitoringandevaluationcanweusetoensurewekeepimprovingthese?Howdoweasktheviewsofhardtoengageparents/carers?Whatisworkingwell?Howcanwebuildonthis?HaveweinvolvedtheLocalProgrammeCo-ordinatorfortheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammetoidentifyexamplesofbestpractice?HaveweinvolvedthesupportoftheLocalAuthoritysExtendedSchoolsAdviser?Arethereanyotherpartnersororganisationsthatweshouldbeworkingwith?How will we know we have got there?Howcanwemeasurethelevelofparticipationasabaseline?Whatlevelofsuccessarewelookingforandhowwillwemeasureit?HaveweincludedSpecificMeasurableAchievableRealisticTimescaledtargets/objectives?When will we have achieved this?Dowehavecleardeadlines?Haveweprioritisedouractions?Dowehaveagoodmonitoringsysteminplacetoensureweareinlinetomeetdeadlines?Doeseveryoneknowourprioritiesandwhytheyarepriorities?Where do we want to be in the future?5Parental/carer participationand Ofsteds Self-Evaluation FormUsing the NHSP National Audit to address issues raised in Section 2 of Ofsted SEF SinceSeptember005,theschoolSelfEvaluationForm(SEF)requiredaspartofanOfstedschoolinspection,hasaskedschoolstocapturehowtheygathertheviewsexpressedbyparents/carersandtogiveexamplesofactiontaken,basedontheviewsofparents/carers.TheSEFshouldconveyaclearpictureofhowwelltheschoolisdoingandshowwhatisbeingdonetobuildonsuccessesandremedyweaknesses.TheSEFcommentariesareexpectedtobeevaluativeandnotdescriptive,withinspectorslookingforclearjudgementsthataresupportedbyevidencelinkedtooutcomesforchildrenandyoungpeople.TheSEFshouldprovideproofofhowyouknowwhatyouknow.Tohelpensuretheactiveparticipationofparents/carersinthelearninganddevelopmentoftheirchildren,theSchoolLeadershipTeam,staffandgovernorsshouldknowhowwelltheirschoolinvolvesparents/carersindecision-makingandpolicydevelopment,implementationandreview.ThetableonthenextpageprovidesanillustrationofhowtheNHSPNationalAuditcouldhelpschoolself-evaluationandprovideevidencetosupportjudgementsmadebytheschoolrelatingtoitsperformance.SectionoftheSEFposesaseriesofquestionsrelatingtotheviewsofparents/carersandhowtheschoolrespondstothese.Theseare:2aHowdoyougathertheviewsofparents/carers,howoftendoyoudothisandhow doyouensureimpartiality?2bWhatdotheviewsofparents/carerstellyouaboutlearnerspersonaldevelopmentandwellbeing?2cHowdoyousharewithparents/carersthecollatedfindingsabouttheirviews?ItisinSectionoftheSEFthatmuchoftheschoolsworkininvolvingparents/carersinthepromotionofhealthylifestylescanbereported.6NHSP Criteria Minimum Evidence (relevant to this guidance)Questions for parents/carersLinks to other sections of the SEFPersonal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)*1.5Hasup-to-datepoliciesinplacedevelopedthroughwideconsultation,implemented,monitoredandevaluatedforimpactcoveringSexandRelationshipEducation,DrugEducationandIncidents,Safeguarding,andConfidentialityChildren,youngpeople,staffandparents/carershavebeenconsultedaboutthesepolicies.Children,youngpeople,staffandotherrelevantstakeholderscanoutlinetheirroleinthereviewofthesepolicies.Doyouknowwhototalktoifyouhavecommentsorquestionsrelatingtothefollowingpolicies:- SexandRelationshipEducation- Drugeducationandincidents- Safeguarding- Confidentiality?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,4a,4b,4d,4f,6a,7c1.6 HasanimplementedNon-SmokingPolicyinlinewithsmoke-freelegislationChildren,youngpeople,staff, parents/carersandgovernorshavebeeninvolvedinthe developmentandimplementation ofasmoke-freesite. Theschoolisproactiveinprovidinginformationandsupportforsmokerstoquite.g.promotingaccesstosmokingcessationclasses. Didyouknowthattheschoolisasmoke-freesite? Doesyourchildreceiveinformationaboutthedangersofsmoking?Canyourchildaccesssupporttoquitsmoking?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,4a,4e,4f,6a,7cHealthy Eating2.3HasaWholeSchoolFoodPolicydevelopedthroughwideconsultation,implemented,monitoredandevaluatedforimpactChildren,youngpeople,staff,parents/carers,governorsandcaterersare/havebeeninvolvedinpolicydevelopmentandcandescribetheirinvolvement.Apolicyisavailablecoveringallaspectsoffoodanddrinkatschool,includingappropriatecurriculumlinks,referencetopolicyregardingpackedlunches/foodbroughtintoschoolandchildrenoryoungpeoplegoingoff-sitetopurchasefood.Thepolicyisreferredtointheschoolprospectus/profile. Thepolicyisregularlycommunicatedtotheentireschoolcommunity.ThepolicyanditsimpactisreviewedtoreflectcurrentDCSFstandards.Doesyourchildenjoyeatingatschool?AreyouawareoftheschoolsFood/HealthyEatingPolicy?Whatdoesyourchildsayaboutlunchtimes?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,4d,4e,6a,7cUsing the NHSP National Audit to address issuesraised in Section 2 of Ofsted SEF*PSHE=Personal,Social,HealthEducationatKeystages1+72.4Involveschildren,youngpeopleandparents/carersinguidingfoodpolicyandpracticewithintheschool,enablesthemtocontributetohealthyeatingandactsontheirfeedbackChildren,youngpeopleandparents/carersare/havebeeninvolvedinguidingtheschoolsFoodPolicyandcandescribetheirinvolvement.Children,youngpeopleandparents/carersagreethattheirfeedbackrelatingtopolicyhasbeenappropriatelyconsidered. Howhaveyoubeeninvolvedinyourchildsschoolfoodpolicy? Hasinvolvementinyourchildsschoolfoodpolicyhadanyimpactonhealthyeatingathome?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,4a,4d,4ePhysical Activity3.7Encourageschildren,youngpeople,staffandparents/carerstowalkorcycletoschoolundersaferconditions,utilisingtheSchoolTravelPlanParents/carershavereceivedinformationregardingtheSchoolTravelPlanvianewsletterarticles/lettersetc.Areyouawareoftheschoolsphysicalactivityprogramme?Hasitmadeadifferencetoyourownphysicalactivitylevelsathomeandthatofyourchildren?Areyouawareofhowphysicalactivityisimplementedintheschoolandwhatstandardsareset?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,4a,4b,4e,6a,7c3.8Givesparents/carerstheopportunitytobeinvolvedintheplanninganddeliveryofphysicalactivityopportunitiesandhelpsthemtounderstandthebenefitsofphysicalactivityforthemselvesandtheirchildren Parents/carersareawareoftheopportunitiestolearnaboutthebenefitsofphysicalactivity.Parents/carerssaytheyareactivelyencouragedtotakepartintheplanninganddeliveryofphysicalactivity. Mostparents/carersreportthattheyknowwhyphysicalactivityisgoodforthemandtheirchildren.Hastheschoolhelpedtoenhanceyourunderstandingofthebenefitsofphysicalactivity?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,5cEmotional Health and Wellbeing4.6Hasaclearpolicyonbullying,whichisowned,understoodandimplementedbythewholeschoolcommunityChildren,youngpeopleandparents/carersknowandunderstandthepolicyonbullyingandfeelthattheyhavetheopportunitytoregularlydiscussitsimplementation.Theschoolhasasystemthatensurespromptreportingbacktoparents/carersonanyconcernsraised.HaveyoubeeninvolvedinthedevelopmentoftheAnti-BullyingPolicy?Doyouknowhowtoreportifyourchildisbeingbullied? Ifyoumakeacomplaintaboutbullying,areyoukeptfullyinformedoftheprogressofyourcomplaint?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,4b,4d,4e,6a,7c4.9HasaclearConfidentialityPolicy Children,youngpeopleandstaffareconsultedonthedevelopmentandtherenewaloftheConfidentialityPolicy.Children,youngpeopleandparents/carersareawareoftheConfidentialityPolicyandunderstandwhatitmeansforthem. Doesyourchildunderstandtheschoolsconfidentialitypolicy? Doyouknowwhatwillhappenwithinformationthatyousharewiththeschool?Ofstedself-evaluationa,b,c,4b,4d,4e,6a,7c*PSHE=Personal,Social,HealthEducationatKeystages1+8Tools and TechniquesItisrecognisedthateveryschoolisuniqueandeachschoolwillhaveitsownprioritiesintermsofparental/carerengagementandparticipation.Somestrategiesareuniversalandsuitableforallschools,whileotherswillbemoreappropriateforspecifickeystages,ruralorurbansettings,specialormainstreamschools.Someofthefactorsthataffectlevelsofparental/carerparticipationmightinclude:parents/carerslivingsomedistancefrom theschoolinruralareasparents/carersthathavechildrentransportedonbusesorintaxisparents/carerswithmedicaland/orspecialeducationalneedswhothemselvesmayfinditdifficulttoengagewiththeirchildsschoolworkingparents/carersincludingthosewithshiftpatterns.Thetable,Self-reviewofparticipationwithparents/carersAppendix1,providesasummaryandanalysisoftheactivitiesthatschoolscouldusetoinform,consultandengagewithparents/carers.Foreachneworrevisedactivitythereislikelytobebothabenefitandacostattachedtotheactivity.Theseneedtobeweighedupinordertodecidewhetheritisaneffectiveactivityforaspecificschool.Ifschoolsareintroducingnewactivities,itisworthnotingthattheymaytaketimebeforeyieldingsatisfactoryorbetterresults.Perseverance,effectivecommunicationandasteppedapproachshouldallbeconsideredandarelikelytoproveinvaluable.Successcriteriashouldbeconsideredpriortoimplementinganewactivitytoengageparents/carersinschoollife.Comparingtheschoolscurrentpracticetotheactivitieslistedontheself-reviewtablecanprovideusefulanalysis.Herearesomepointstoconsider:areanyoftheexamplessimilartothoseyouarealreadyusing?Cantheybeimproved? Ifsohow?whatexampleshaveyounotyetconsidered?Howwouldyouimplementthem?canyouextendyourcurrentgoodpracticefurther?howcanyouensurethatyouachievethehighestlevelofparticipationandengagement?howcanyoumovetheschoolbeyondtheinformationlevelanduptheparticipationladder?Phoenix High School, LondonPhoenixHighSchoolinWestLondonhasintroducedseveralschemestoengageparents/carersaspartofitsapplicationforNationalHealthySchoolStatus.InMarch007ithostedahealthylivingweekwhichincludedahealthylivingevening.Specificallyaimedatparents/carers,theeventconsistedofanumberofstandsprovidinghealthrelatedinformation.Bloodpressureandcholesterolcheckswereofferedandparents/carersalsohadthechancetotastetheschoolshealthydinners.Toengageparents/carersinthisevent,flyersandlettersweresenthomeandsomewerealsoinvitedbytelephone.Toovercomeanticipatedreluctancefromparents/carerswhospokeEnglishasasecondlanguage,theschoolinformedthemthatbilingualassistantswouldbeonhandtohelpifneeded.Morethan10parents/carersandtheirchildrenattendedtheeventandthefeedbackwaspositive.Theysaidtheyappreciatedthehealthchecksandinformation,aswellasthehealthyfoodandgoodybagsprovided.AspartofitsdrivetosupportlearningoutsidetheclassroomandthewidercommunityCase Studyhealth,theschoolhascreatedafarmandlearningzoneonitssite.Thisdevelopmentallowsittogrowfruitandvegetablesonthesite.Someproduceisgivenbacktotheschoolandusedinschoolmeals,whichfurtherengagesparents/carersinhealthyeating.0Westhaven School, North SomersetWesthavenSchoolisapurposebuiltschoolforchildrenandyoungpeopleagedbetween7and16,withcomplexbarrierstotheirlearning.Ithassuccessfullyengagedparents/carersthroughaParentSupportGroup,whichtheparentsthemselvesnamedTimeOut.TimeOutisheldonamonthlybasis.Parents/carersattendtheworkshopsduringschoolhourstoalleviatetheneedforchildcare.Thetwohour-longsessionsarerunbytheschoolnurseandtheparentsupportadvisor.Topicssuchasemotionalsupportandangermanagementarecoveredandexperiencedparents/carerscomeintodiscussrelevantissues.TheworkshopshavebeencrucialinsecuringWesthavenSchoolsNationalHealthySchoolStatus.Theschooladmitschildrenandyoungpeoplewithawiderangeofcomplexneedsandhaslongunderstoodthatemotionalhealthmustbepromotedamongstparents/carerssothattheirchildremainsconfidentandpositive,andtheparents/carersfeelvalued.Theparents/carersareinitiallyinformedabouttheTimeCase StudyOutworkshopsduringthepersonalmeetingwiththeHeadteacher,priortotheirchildjoiningtheschool.ThisisfollowedupwithaletterandthenfurtherpromotedthroughaParentTeacherAssociation(PTA)stallandtheschoolwebsite.Thefeedbackfromparents/carersontheTimeOutinitiativeispositive,withfrequentrequestsformoreworkshopsandfamilylearningevents.Theschoolsaysthatestablishingastrongrelationshipwithparents/carersisagreatachievementbecausemanyoftheirpupilsliveoverthirtymilesawayandaretakentoandfromschoolinminibuses,minimisingcontactwiththeparents/carers.TheliteraturereviewbyProfessorCharlesDesforges,TheImpactofParentalInvolvement,ParentalSupportandFamilyEducationonPupilAchievementandAdjustment11DCSF(00)found:parental/carerinvolvementdiminishesasthechildgetsolderparental/carerinvolvementisinfluencedbythechildsattitudethehigherthelevelofattainmentofachildthegreatertheparental/carerinvolvement.11Desforges(00)TheImpactofParentalInvolvement,ParentalSupportandFamilyEducationonPupilAchievementandAdjustment,DCSF1ConclusionWorkingwithparents/carersisnotanewideaforschoolsandallschoolswillexperiencevarieddegreesofsuccess.Itishopedthatthisguidancewillencourageschoolstoself-evaluateandco-ordinatetheirworkastheytrytoengageallparents/carers.Regularfeedbackfromparents/carerswillhelptoinformschoolstrategy.Insomecasessuccessmaybelimitedtotheknowledgethattheschoolhasbuiltapositiverelationshipwiththemajorityofitsparent/carercommunity,butstillneedstofindwaystoeffectivelyengagewithitshardtoreach/reluctanttoengageparents/carers.Bestpracticeasks:Whatiscurrentlyworking?Nextpracticeasks:Whatcouldworkmorepowerfully?Thelatterresultsfrompursuingadifferentapproachtothesituation.ThecasestudiesinthisguidanceservetoillustratetheworkthathastakenplaceinschoolswhichhaveachievedorareworkingtowardsachievingNationalHealthySchoolStatus.Asnewandrelevantcasestudiesemerge,theywillbeaddedtotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammewebsiteforalltoshareandbeinspiredby.Useful Websiteswww.dcsf.gov.ukwww.dh.gov.ukwww.everychildmatters.gov.ukwww.healthpromotingschools.co.ukwww.healthyschools.gov.ukwww.ofsted.gov.ukwww.teachernet.gov.ukwww.familyandparenting.orgwww.oneparentfamilies.org.ukwww.parentlineplus.org.ukReferences1. NationalHealthySchoolsProgramme(007)WholeSchoolApproachtotheNationalHealthy SchoolsProgramme. DepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies(005)HigherStandards, BetterSchoolsforAll-MoreChoiceforParentsandPupils. DepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies(007)ChildrensPlan4. DepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies(007)EveryParentMatters5. Ofsted(006)HealthySchools,HealthyChildren?6. DepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies(004)EveryChildMatters:ChangeforChildren7. Ofsted(007)Parents,CarersandSchools8. DepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamiliesCSF(005)ExtendedSchools:BuildingonExperience. DepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies(006)ParentingSupport,GuidanceforAuthorities10.IPRA(00)MaterialsforSchools,Involvingparents,RaisingAchievement11. Desforges(00)TheImpactofParentalInvolvement,ParentalSupportandFamilyEducation onPupilAchievementandAdjustment,DepartmentforChildren,SchoolsandFamilies4Level of ParticipationAudience Activity Benefit Some examples of good practiceLevel1Information Allparents/carers Letters,newsletters,booklets Quick,lowcostmethodthatcanreachalarge numberofparents/carers. wellpresented eyecatchingdesign clearkeymessagesinrelationtotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme availableinotherlanguages plainEnglish parents/carersinvolvedinthecontent.Level1Information Allparents/carers Ensuringawelcomingapproachtoparents/carers Highparental/carerinvolvementinallschoolactivities. parents/carersfeelwelcomeattheschool allstaffactivelywelcomeparents/carers receptionareaisopenandwelcoming NationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformationonnoticeboards parents/carersunderstandallthedifferentstaffroles parent/carerco-ordinatoravailableforall schoolsusefeedbackfromparents/carerstomakeschoolmoreaccessible.Level1Information Accessibletothosewiththeinternet.Audiencecouldbeincreasedbymakingtheinternetavailabletoparents/carersinalibraryordesignatedroomforparents/carersSchoolwebsite Oncesetup,thisisaneffectivemethodof communicationwithparents/carersaslong asthefamilyhasaccesstotheinternet. appealing,up-to-datewebsitewitharangeofinformation websitedesignedbychildren,youngpeopleandparents/carersinconjunctionwithschoolstaff dedicatedsectionforNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformation NationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformationplacedonthewebsitewith regularupdates activitiesadvertisedtoencouragehealthyeatingandphysicalactivities adviceavailableonissueslikebullyingandschoolmenus.Level1Information Allparents/carers Noticeboardsandotherinformationavailableattheschoolsite Quickandeffectivemethodofpassingon informationtothosethatvisittheschoolsite. noticeboardsinaccessiblepositions includesaNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammesection signpostingtomoredetailedNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformationandcontactdetailse.g.SchoolFoodTrust,NHS.Level1Information Allparents/carers,butespeciallytargetthehardtoreachparents/carersRemindersincludingtext,emailandletters Remindersencourageahigherlevelofattendance atschooleventsandparticipationinschoolactivities. Theyareaneffectivewayofreducingnon- attendanceandthereforetimewastedwhenstaff putonactivitieswithalowturnoutofparents/carers. textandemailalertsusedtoremindparents/carers remindersusedtopromptparents/carerstoattendNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeevents,e.g.healthycookingsessionsandphysicalactivities theschoolhasassessedwhichtypeofreminderismosteffectivefortheircommunity followupreminderssentoutaboutNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeevents.Level1Information Allparents/carers Invitingparents/carersintoschool: personalisedinvitationstoevents piggybackingonothersuccessfulwell-attendedevents eventsrequestedbyparents/carerse.g.meetingsorworkshops onSexandRelationshipEducation workshopsinitiatedbytheschoole.g.runningaworkshopforparents/carersonhealthyeating attendingschoolcelebrationeventsorsportsactivities. Face-to-facemeetingsallowmoredetailedpersonal contactwithparents/carers. allstaffareskilledinmeetingandwelcomingparents/carersincludingthoselesslikelytocomeintoschool theschoolenvironmentisopenandwelcomingincludingtheprovisionofrefreshmentsandcrchefacilities acomprehensiverangeofactivitiesareavailableatdifferenttimesoftheday/week/yeartoaccommodateparents/carers parents/carerscanattendHealthySchoolsworkshopse.g.cookinghealthymeals neweventsareaddedeachyearandlesspopulareventstakenoutofthe schoolcalendar informationsessionsareprovidede.g.DrugEducationandanti-bullying eventsforparents/carerstogetherwiththeirchildrenareprovidede.g.cookerysessionsandsportsactivities.Level1InformationAllparents/carersandtargetedparent/carergroupsMarketingevents Effectivemarketingwillresultinahigherlevel ofparental/carerparticipation. viewsaresoughtfromparents/carersonafullrangeofmarketingactivities parents/carersareinvolvedintheschoolsmarketingandcommunicationsstrategye.g.forthedevelopmentandimplementationoftheSchoolTravelPlan marketingatparent/carereveningsforHealthySchoolsevents.Level1InformationAllparents/carersandselectedhardtoreachgroupsDevelopinglinkswithparent/carerswithintheirownlocalcommunitiese.g.attendingandhostingcommunityevents Theschoolwillbetterunderstandtheneedsand viewsofparents/carerswhodontusuallyengage inschoolactivities. specificfamiliesaretargetedtosupporttheirengagementinschoolactivities e.g.visittotravellersitebytheparentliaisonofficertoraisehealthissues.Appendix 1Self-review of participation with parents/carersThistoolwillhelpschoolsassesstheircurrentlevelofparent/carerparticipation.5Level of ParticipationAudience Activity Benefit Some examples of good practiceLevel1Information Allparents/carers Letters,newsletters,booklets Quick,lowcostmethodthatcanreachalarge numberofparents/carers. wellpresented eyecatchingdesign clearkeymessagesinrelationtotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme availableinotherlanguages plainEnglish parents/carersinvolvedinthecontent.Level1Information Allparents/carers Ensuringawelcomingapproachtoparents/carers Highparental/carerinvolvementinallschoolactivities. parents/carersfeelwelcomeattheschool allstaffactivelywelcomeparents/carers receptionareaisopenandwelcoming NationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformationonnoticeboards parents/carersunderstandallthedifferentstaffroles parent/carerco-ordinatoravailableforall schoolsusefeedbackfromparents/carerstomakeschoolmoreaccessible.Level1Information Accessibletothosewiththeinternet.Audiencecouldbeincreasedbymakingtheinternetavailabletoparents/carersinalibraryordesignatedroomforparents/carersSchoolwebsite Oncesetup,thisisaneffectivemethodof communicationwithparents/carersaslong asthefamilyhasaccesstotheinternet. appealing,up-to-datewebsitewitharangeofinformation websitedesignedbychildren,youngpeopleandparents/carersinconjunctionwithschoolstaff dedicatedsectionforNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformation NationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformationplacedonthewebsitewith regularupdates activitiesadvertisedtoencouragehealthyeatingandphysicalactivities adviceavailableonissueslikebullyingandschoolmenus.Level1Information Allparents/carers Noticeboardsandotherinformationavailableattheschoolsite Quickandeffectivemethodofpassingon informationtothosethatvisittheschoolsite. noticeboardsinaccessiblepositions includesaNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammesection signpostingtomoredetailedNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeinformationandcontactdetailse.g.SchoolFoodTrust,NHS.Level1Information Allparents/carers,butespeciallytargetthehardtoreachparents/carersRemindersincludingtext,emailandletters Remindersencourageahigherlevelofattendance atschooleventsandparticipationinschoolactivities. Theyareaneffectivewayofreducingnon- attendanceandthereforetimewastedwhenstaff putonactivitieswithalowturnoutofparents/carers. textandemailalertsusedtoremindparents/carers remindersusedtopromptparents/carerstoattendNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeevents,e.g.healthycookingsessionsandphysicalactivities theschoolhasassessedwhichtypeofreminderismosteffectivefortheircommunity followupreminderssentoutaboutNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeevents.Level1Information Allparents/carers Invitingparents/carersintoschool: personalisedinvitationstoevents piggybackingonothersuccessfulwell-attendedevents eventsrequestedbyparents/carerse.g.meetingsorworkshops onSexandRelationshipEducation workshopsinitiatedbytheschoole.g.runningaworkshopforparents/carersonhealthyeating attendingschoolcelebrationeventsorsportsactivities. Face-to-facemeetingsallowmoredetailedpersonal contactwithparents/carers. allstaffareskilledinmeetingandwelcomingparents/carersincludingthoselesslikelytocomeintoschool theschoolenvironmentisopenandwelcomingincludingtheprovisionofrefreshmentsandcrchefacilities acomprehensiverangeofactivitiesareavailableatdifferenttimesoftheday/week/yeartoaccommodateparents/carers parents/carerscanattendHealthySchoolsworkshopse.g.cookinghealthymeals neweventsareaddedeachyearandlesspopulareventstakenoutofthe schoolcalendar informationsessionsareprovidede.g.DrugEducationandanti-bullying eventsforparents/carerstogetherwiththeirchildrenareprovidede.g.cookerysessionsandsportsactivities.Level1InformationAllparents/carersandtargetedparent/carergroupsMarketingevents Effectivemarketingwillresultinahigherlevel ofparental/carerparticipation. viewsaresoughtfromparents/carersonafullrangeofmarketingactivities parents/carersareinvolvedintheschoolsmarketingandcommunicationsstrategye.g.forthedevelopmentandimplementationoftheSchoolTravelPlan marketingatparent/carereveningsforHealthySchoolsevents.Level1InformationAllparents/carersandselectedhardtoreachgroupsDevelopinglinkswithparent/carerswithintheirownlocalcommunitiese.g.attendingandhostingcommunityevents Theschoolwillbetterunderstandtheneedsand viewsofparents/carerswhodontusuallyengage inschoolactivities. specificfamiliesaretargetedtosupporttheirengagementinschoolactivities e.g.visittotravellersitebytheparentliaisonofficertoraisehealthissues.6Level of ParticipationAudience Activity Benefit Some examples of good practiceLevelConsultationAllparents/carerswhoattend Parent/carerconsultationeveningsConsultationandengagementintransitionwork Opportunitytoshareviewsbetweenstaffand parents/carersonareciprocalbasis. schoolengageswithparents/carersonaregularbasisaspartoftheWholeSchoolApproache.g.HealthySchoolstaskgroup parents/carersareconsultedthroughtheHealthySchoolssectionontheschoolwebsite consultationeventsarerealconsultation,andfeedbackisusedtoshapeschoolpolicyandpracticee.g.theschoolFoodPolicy feedbackfromsubjectbasedtutors(orclassteachers)isco-ordinatedtoensure thehealthandwellbeingofchildrenandyoungpeopleiscarefullymonitored feedbackindicatesthatparents/carersfeelvaluedaskeypartnersintheirchildssuccessatschool.LevelConsultationTargetaparticularyeargroup,keystageortopice.g.SexandRelationshipEducationBringaparent/carertoschoolsession.Sessionscouldincludeattendingasessiononanti-bullyingoronliteracy Impactcanbesignificantintermsofincreasing theparents/carersunderstandingoftheNational HealthySchoolsProgrammeandthecurriculumin general.Ithelpstobuildtherelationshipbetween staffandparents/carers. arollingcycletargetingbothtopicareasandyeargroupsisinplace feedbackisalwayssoughtfromparents/carersandactedupon parents/carersareinvolvedindecidingwhatsessionsshouldbeoffered parents/carersofmorevulnerablechildrenandyoungpeoplearetargeted andsupportedtoattend.LevelConsultationTargetedtospecificgroupsofparent/carerse.g.hardtoreachfamiliesOutreachwork Outreachworkisparticularlysuccessfulinengaging someofthehardtoreachfamilies. awidegroupofschool-basedstaffandvisitingprofessionalsactivelyaim toengagehardtoreachparents/carers schoolnurseandotherstaffareinvolvedinengagingtargetedfamiliesin physicalactivities protocolsexistforinformationsharing qualitytrainingisinplaceforstafftakingpartinthisworkincludinghealthand safetyprocedures evaluationfeedbackissoughtfromparents/carers.LevelConsultationAllparents/carers Parent/carersurvey Parent/carersurveycanprovideinvaluable quantitativeandqualitativedata. surveysarecompletedonaregularbasisandparents/carersareencouraged torespondhonestly responseratesarehighandactionistakenbasedonthefeedback findingsandanalysisisfedbacktoparents/carers.LevelDecision-makingAllparents/carers OrganisingandhostingjointeventsBuildingontheskillsofparents/carers Havingahigherlevelofparental/carerinvolvement indecision-makingshouldensurethatmore parents/carersattendandparticipateasthey feeldirectlyinvolved. eventshavebeenrequestedandorganisedwithfullparental/carerinvolvement.TheseareoutsidethenormalPTAtypeactivities activitiesmakefulluseoftheskillsofparents/carersintheschool,e.g.aparent/carerwhoisahealthprofessionalrunningahealthbasedworkshoporagardenerrunningagrowinghealthyfoodsession parents/carersareinvolvedinsomeoftheExtendedSchoolsServicesactivities e.g.takingnetballsessions parents/carersareprovidedwithtrainingwhichmaysometimesbealongsideotherschoolstaffe.gbullyingawareness.LevelDecision-makingAllparents/carers JointlyorganisingworkshopsonthefourcorethemeswithintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme Jointorganisationanddeliverywillensurethat parents/carerswillhaveamoredetailedunderstanding oftheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeandthe roletheycanplayinsupportingit. aprogrammeofworkshopsforparents/carersisorganisedacrosstheschoolyearwitheachofthefourNHSPcorethemesrepresented optionsinrelationtoschoolpolicyandpracticearediscussedanddecisionsmadee.g.SchoolTravelPlans.LevelDecision-makingAllparents/carers AjointlyorganisedfocusgroupononeofthefourcorethemeswithintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme Jointproductionofahealthsurveyforchildrenand youngpeopleonhealthylifestyleswillraiseparents/ carersknowledgeofthethemeandawarenessof theimplicationsfortheirchildren. regularsurveysarecompletedonperceptionsofbullyingandtheeffectivenessofanti-bullyingstrategies focusgroupofchildrenandyoungpeopleaskedtocommentonschoolprocessese.g.lunch-timeexperience,physicalactivitiesofferedbytheschool effectiveschoolcouncilinplacewhichgivesreportstobothstaffandparents/carers.Level4CollaborativePartnershipSelectedyeargroups After-schoolphysicalactivityprogramme Ahighlevelofparticipationatallstageswillensure thesuccessoftheprogrammeandensurethatitis responsivetoparent/carerneeds. parents/carersarefullyinvolvedindevisinganddeliveringafullphysicalactivityprogramme thecontentanddeliveryoftheprogrammeisamendedbasedonfeedbackfromparents/carers.Level4CollaborativePartnershipAlloraselectedcross-sectionofparents/carers Reviewingand/ordevelopingpoliciese.g.wholeschoolFoodPolicy,BehaviourPolicyorDrugEducationPolicy Parents/carershaveahigherdegreeof understandingoftherationale,purposeand operationalarrangementsofdeliveringand implementingkeypoliciesintheschool. parents/carershavebeenfullyinvolvedinthepolicydevelopment theyhaveinfluencedthepolicyformationandaresupportingitsdelivery parents/carersarechampionsofpoliciesrelatedtotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme.Level4CollaborativePartnershipFocusgroupofparents/carers Re-designthelunch-timeexperience.Involveparents/carersintheentireprocessfromgatheringinformation,consultationonchanges,implementationandreview Aprocessofcontinualimprovementexiststoensure thelunch-timesessioniscontinuallyimproved. parents/carersseekongoingfeedbackfromtheirchildrenonaregularbasisandimprovethelunch-timeexperience regularsatisfactionsurveysarecompletedbychildren,youngpeopleandparents/carers parents/carersfeeltheirviewsarevalued dataisregularlysoughtandconfirmsapositiveexperienceatlunch-timee.g.lessincidentsofbullyingreportedduringlunch-time.7Level of ParticipationAudience Activity Benefit Some examples of good practiceLevelConsultationAllparents/carerswhoattend Parent/carerconsultationeveningsConsultationandengagementintransitionwork Opportunitytoshareviewsbetweenstaffand parents/carersonareciprocalbasis. schoolengageswithparents/carersonaregularbasisaspartoftheWholeSchoolApproache.g.HealthySchoolstaskgroup parents/carersareconsultedthroughtheHealthySchoolssectionontheschoolwebsite consultationeventsarerealconsultation,andfeedbackisusedtoshapeschoolpolicyandpracticee.g.theschoolFoodPolicy feedbackfromsubjectbasedtutors(orclassteachers)isco-ordinatedtoensure thehealthandwellbeingofchildrenandyoungpeopleiscarefullymonitored feedbackindicatesthatparents/carersfeelvaluedaskeypartnersintheirchildssuccessatschool.LevelConsultationTargetaparticularyeargroup,keystageortopice.g.SexandRelationshipEducationBringaparent/carertoschoolsession.Sessionscouldincludeattendingasessiononanti-bullyingoronliteracy Impactcanbesignificantintermsofincreasing theparents/carersunderstandingoftheNational HealthySchoolsProgrammeandthecurriculumin general.Ithelpstobuildtherelationshipbetween staffandparents/carers. arollingcycletargetingbothtopicareasandyeargroupsisinplace feedbackisalwayssoughtfromparents/carersandactedupon parents/carersareinvolvedindecidingwhatsessionsshouldbeoffered parents/carersofmorevulnerablechildrenandyoungpeoplearetargeted andsupportedtoattend.LevelConsultationTargetedtospecificgroupsofparent/carerse.g.hardtoreachfamiliesOutreachwork Outreachworkisparticularlysuccessfulinengaging someofthehardtoreachfamilies. awidegroupofschool-basedstaffandvisitingprofessionalsactivelyaim toengagehardtoreachparents/carers schoolnurseandotherstaffareinvolvedinengagingtargetedfamiliesin physicalactivities protocolsexistforinformationsharing qualitytrainingisinplaceforstafftakingpartinthisworkincludinghealthand safetyprocedures evaluationfeedbackissoughtfromparents/carers.LevelConsultationAllparents/carers Parent/carersurvey Parent/carersurveycanprovideinvaluable quantitativeandqualitativedata. surveysarecompletedonaregularbasisandparents/carersareencouraged torespondhonestly responseratesarehighandactionistakenbasedonthefeedback findingsandanalysisisfedbacktoparents/carers.LevelDecision-makingAllparents/carers OrganisingandhostingjointeventsBuildingontheskillsofparents/carers Havingahigherlevelofparental/carerinvolvement indecision-makingshouldensurethatmore parents/carersattendandparticipateasthey feeldirectlyinvolved. eventshavebeenrequestedandorganisedwithfullparental/carerinvolvement.TheseareoutsidethenormalPTAtypeactivities activitiesmakefulluseoftheskillsofparents/carersintheschool,e.g.aparent/carerwhoisahealthprofessionalrunningahealthbasedworkshoporagardenerrunningagrowinghealthyfoodsession parents/carersareinvolvedinsomeoftheExtendedSchoolsServicesactivities e.g.takingnetballsessions parents/carersareprovidedwithtrainingwhichmaysometimesbealongsideotherschoolstaffe.gbullyingawareness.LevelDecision-makingAllparents/carers JointlyorganisingworkshopsonthefourcorethemeswithintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme Jointorganisationanddeliverywillensurethat parents/carerswillhaveamoredetailedunderstanding oftheNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammeandthe roletheycanplayinsupportingit. aprogrammeofworkshopsforparents/carersisorganisedacrosstheschoolyearwitheachofthefourNHSPcorethemesrepresented optionsinrelationtoschoolpolicyandpracticearediscussedanddecisionsmadee.g.SchoolTravelPlans.LevelDecision-makingAllparents/carers AjointlyorganisedfocusgroupononeofthefourcorethemeswithintheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme Jointproductionofahealthsurveyforchildrenand youngpeopleonhealthylifestyleswillraiseparents/ carersknowledgeofthethemeandawarenessof theimplicationsfortheirchildren. regularsurveysarecompletedonperceptionsofbullyingandtheeffectivenessofanti-bullyingstrategies focusgroupofchildrenandyoungpeopleaskedtocommentonschoolprocessese.g.lunch-timeexperience,physicalactivitiesofferedbytheschool effectiveschoolcouncilinplacewhichgivesreportstobothstaffandparents/carers.Level4CollaborativePartnershipSelectedyeargroups After-schoolphysicalactivityprogramme Ahighlevelofparticipationatallstageswillensure thesuccessoftheprogrammeandensurethatitis responsivetoparent/carerneeds. parents/carersarefullyinvolvedindevisinganddeliveringafullphysicalactivityprogramme thecontentanddeliveryoftheprogrammeisamendedbasedonfeedbackfromparents/carers.Level4CollaborativePartnershipAlloraselectedcross-sectionofparents/carers Reviewingand/ordevelopingpoliciese.g.wholeschoolFoodPolicy,BehaviourPolicyorDrugEducationPolicy Parents/carershaveahigherdegreeof understandingoftherationale,purposeand operationalarrangementsofdeliveringand implementingkeypoliciesintheschool. parents/carershavebeenfullyinvolvedinthepolicydevelopment theyhaveinfluencedthepolicyformationandaresupportingitsdelivery parents/carersarechampionsofpoliciesrelatedtotheNationalHealthySchoolsProgramme.Level4CollaborativePartnershipFocusgroupofparents/carers Re-designthelunch-timeexperience.Involveparents/carersintheentireprocessfromgatheringinformation,consultationonchanges,implementationandreview Aprocessofcontinualimprovementexiststoensure thelunch-timesessioniscontinuallyimproved. parents/carersseekongoingfeedbackfromtheirchildrenonaregularbasisandimprovethelunch-timeexperience regularsatisfactionsurveysarecompletedbychildren,youngpeopleandparents/carers parents/carersfeeltheirviewsarevalued dataisregularlysoughtandconfirmsapositiveexperienceatlunch-timee.g.lessincidentsofbullyingreportedduringlunch-time.8Levels of parental/carer engagement andparticipation (ladder)Essential Practice Best Practice Exemplary PracticeParents/carersarefullyengagedintheschoolandparticipateinmostaspectsofschoollife.Parents/carersandtheschoolacttogetherinacollaborativepartnership Consistentandregularinvolvementofparentgovernorsatgoverning bodymeetingsandaclearprocessforseekingparents/carersviews andprovidingfeedback. Parents/carersconsultedonkeypoliciese.g.relevantdraftpoliciesare placedontheschoolwebsiteandparents/carersinvitedtocomment. Theschooltakeseveryopportunitytoinvolvetheparents/carersofchildren oryoungpeopleincare.Thismayincludefostercarers,socialworkersand othersignificantadultsinthechildoryoungpersonslife. Regularmeetingandsharingbetweenparentgovernorsand otherparents/carerse.g.withparents/carersontheHealthy Schoolstaskgroup. Parents/carers(otherthanparentgovernors)involved inreviewingtheSchoolImprovementPlan. Parents/carersinvolvedinthedrawingupofpolicy documentse.g.policiesrelatingtosensitiveissues suchasSREorDrugEducation. Theschoolisawareoftheskillsoftheirparent/carergroup andencouragesparents/carerstorunsportandotheractivities aspartoftheExtendedSchoolsServicesoffer. Parents/carersareencouragedtovolunteertheirhelpe.g. re-decorationofthedininghall,careerstalks,orhelping onsportsday. Programmeofparental/carerengagementorganisedjointlybytheHeadteacher,governors,parent/carerrepresentativesandrelevantothersforarangeofparents/carers. Parents/carersdirectlyinvolvedinreviewingthepolicyforworkingwithparents/carersandfamilies. Parents/carersinvolvedinacross-curricularworkinggroupwithabrieftodevelopthehome-schoolarea. Schoolcandemonstratehowithasengagedwithallparents/carersandtheoutcomesoftheengagemente.g.monitoringofpacked lunchcontents. Parents/carersinvolvedinthereviewofexistingpoliciesanddevelopmentofnewpolicies. Implementationofadultandpeermentoringschemesforparents/carers,childrenandyoungpeople.Parents/carersareinvolvedinsomeaspectsofschoollifeanddecision-making Parent/carereveningsmadeaccessibletoasmanyparents/carersas possiblee.g.flexiblestartandfinishtimes. Feedbackrequestedaboutparent/carereveningsandrespondedto. Imaginativehomeworktasksintroducedtoinvolvefamilies e.g.inventinganewhealthylunchoptionwithparents/carers. Workshopsrunforparents/carerstoencouragetheirpractical involvementandsupportinkeyarease.g.sportscoaching. Accesstoprofessionalswhovisittheschoole.g.schoolnurse oreducationalpsychologist. Themedeventsbasedonthefourcorethemeswithinthe NationalHealthySchoolsProgramme. Accesstotraininge.g.family,SEAL. Bringyourparent/carertoschooldays. Regularevaluationofparent/carereveningsandinvolvementofparents/carersintherunningofthem. Theschooloffersalternativestoparent/carereveningse.g.tutormeetingsoralternativetimesorvenuestoencourageattendance. Opportunitiesprovidedtomeetwithparents/carerswhohavenotattendedtheparents/carerseveninge.g.offerhomevisits. Programmeofsupportsessionsforparents/carerse.g.healthyeating,emotionalintelligence. Involvementofbothmothersandfathersismonitored. Membersoftheextendedfamilyareencouragedtobeinvolved e.g.grandparents.Parents/carersareconsultedandtheirviewsaretakenintoaccount Feedbackrequestedonaregularbasise.g.termlyquestionnaires. Clearprocessforparents/carerstooffersuggestions. Clearprocesstomakeacomplaint. Wholeschoolsurveys,includingsamplese.g.yeargroups, parents/carersofnewintakeorattransition. Home-schoolagreementsarereviewedandupdated. Wholeschoolsurveyswithfocusgroupsthatincludehardtoreachparents/carers,newparents/carers,parents/carersthathavehadadifficultrelationshipwiththeschool. Parents/carersareinvolvedinanumberofcurricularareasintheschoole.g.practicalcookery,physicalactivity,careertalks. Parent/carersurveystofindoutwhenitismostconvenienttohavemeetings,andofferarangeoftimestosuitallparents/carers. Creativeuseofhomeworkdiariestoallowparents/carerstogiveregularfeedback. Home-schoolagreementisadynamicchangingdocumentandcommitment,andformsakeyfocusinengagingparents/carersintheschool.Parents/carersareinformed Regularschoollettertoparents/carerse.g.withadedicatedsectionforthe NationalHealthySchoolsProgramme. Allmaterialsenttoparents/carerssuchasnewsletters,prospectusesand lettersareaccessible,easytoreadandinappropriatelanguages. Clearpointofcontactforparents/carers,whentheycomeintoorcontact schoolbytelephone. Schoolreceptionareaiswelcomingtoallparents/carers. Regularreportingofachildoryoungpersonsprogress. Schoolhasaprogrammeofeventsthatisofferedatdifferenttimesinthe schooldaytocaterforshiftandotherworkingpatterns. Arecordiskeptoftheinformationsharedwithparents/carers. Invitationtoparents/carerstovisittheschoolbeforetheirchildstartsin receptionandonanongoingbasis. Informationleafletthatdescribesthecurriculum. Wellpublishedschoolletteramendedasaresultof feedbackfromparents/carers. Theuseofsuggestionsboxesorsurgeriestoseekviews fromparents/carersthatarelessvocal. Accesstoahighqualityinteractivewebsite. Offerofopendoorsessionsonaregularbasis. Schooltriesarangeofcommunicationtechniquese.g.website, textanddesktopalertstokeepparents/carersinformed. Seeksfeedbackonthereportingprocessandmakes relevantamendmentsbasedonit. ReviewswhethertheinformationontopicssuchasSexand RelationshipEducationissharedwithparents/carersand hasbeeneffectiveinsupportingdiscussionswiththeirchildren. Anopportunitytohearfromteachersaboutthecurriculum fortheyear. Termly/annualcalendarofeventsproducedforparents/ carersthatisalsoplacedontheschoolwebsite. WellpublishedschoolletterwithNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammesectionthathaschangedinformatandcontentasaresultofparental/carerfeedbackandperhapsdesignedbychildrenandyoungpeople. Informationprovidedthatparents/carershaveaskedfor,wellinadvanceofthedate. Regularremindersofkeyeventse.g.throughfollowuptextmessages. Parent/carerroomorareawithinschoolthatiswelcomingandprovidesaccesstotheschoolswebsiteandICT. Anopportunitytoobservetheclassandattendjointchildand parent/carersessions. Anopportunityasaparent/carertogivefeedbacktotheschooloutsideoftheparent/carereveninge.g.adrop-insessionwithgovernors.Thefeedbackisthenacteduponinaconstructivemanner. SchoolachievestheLeadingParent/CarerPartnershipAward.Appendix 2Engagement summaryThefollowingtableprovidesfurtherinformationandallowsyoutocompareyourcurrentpracticewiththeladderofparticipationandvaryinglevelsofgoodpractice.Levels of parental/carer engagement andparticipation (ladder)Essential Practice Best Practice Exemplary PracticeParents/carersarefullyengagedintheschoolandparticipateinmostaspectsofschoollife.Parents/carersandtheschoolacttogetherinacollaborativepartnership Consistentandregularinvolvementofparentgovernorsatgoverning bodymeetingsandaclearprocessforseekingparents/carersviews andprovidingfeedback. Parents/carersconsultedonkeypoliciese.g.relevantdraftpoliciesare placedontheschoolwebsiteandparents/carersinvitedtocomment. Theschooltakeseveryopportunitytoinvolvetheparents/carersofchildren oryoungpeopleincare.Thismayincludefostercarers,socialworkersand othersignificantadultsinthechildoryoungpersonslife. Regularmeetingandsharingbetweenparentgovernorsand otherparents/carerse.g.withparents/carersontheHealthy Schoolstaskgroup. Parents/carers(otherthanparentgovernors)involved inreviewingtheSchoolImprovementPlan. Parents/carersinvolvedinthedrawingupofpolicy documentse.g.policiesrelatingtosensitiveissues suchasSREorDrugEducation. Theschoolisawareoftheskillsoftheirparent/carergroup andencouragesparents/carerstorunsportandotheractivities aspartoftheExtendedSchoolsServicesoffer. Parents/carersareencouragedtovolunteertheirhelpe.g. re-decorationofthedininghall,careerstalks,orhelping onsportsday. Programmeofparental/carerengagementorganisedjointlybytheHeadteacher,governors,parent/carerrepresentativesandrelevantothersforarangeofparents/carers. Parents/carersdirectlyinvolvedinreviewingthepolicyforworkingwithparents/carersandfamilies. Parents/carersinvolvedinacross-curricularworkinggroupwithabrieftodevelopthehome-schoolarea. Schoolcandemonstratehowithasengagedwithallparents/carersandtheoutcomesoftheengagemente.g.monitoringofpacked lunchcontents. Parents/carersinvolvedinthereviewofexistingpoliciesanddevelopmentofnewpolicies. Implementationofadultandpeermentoringschemesforparents/carers,childrenandyoungpeople.Parents/carersareinvolvedinsomeaspectsofschoollifeanddecision-making Parent/carereveningsmadeaccessibletoasmanyparents/carersas possiblee.g.flexiblestartandfinishtimes. Feedbackrequestedaboutparent/carereveningsandrespondedto. Imaginativehomeworktasksintroducedtoinvolvefamilies e.g.inventinganewhealthylunchoptionwithparents/carers. Workshopsrunforparents/carerstoencouragetheirpractical involvementandsupportinkeyarease.g.sportscoaching. Accesstoprofessionalswhovisittheschoole.g.schoolnurse oreducationalpsychologist. Themedeventsbasedonthefourcorethemeswithinthe NationalHealthySchoolsProgramme. Accesstotraininge.g.family,SEAL. Bringyourparent/carertoschooldays. Regularevaluationofparent/carereveningsandinvolvementofparents/carersintherunningofthem. Theschooloffersalternativestoparent/carereveningse.g.tutormeetingsoralternativetimesorvenuestoencourageattendance. Opportunitiesprovidedtomeetwithparents/carerswhohavenotattendedtheparents/carerseveninge.g.offerhomevisits. Programmeofsupportsessionsforparents/carerse.g.healthyeating,emotionalintelligence. Involvementofbothmothersandfathersismonitored. Membersoftheextendedfamilyareencouragedtobeinvolved e.g.grandparents.Parents/carersareconsultedandtheirviewsaretakenintoaccount Feedbackrequestedonaregularbasise.g.termlyquestionnaires. Clearprocessforparents/carerstooffersuggestions. Clearprocesstomakeacomplaint. Wholeschoolsurveys,includingsamplese.g.yeargroups, parents/carersofnewintakeorattransition. Home-schoolagreementsarereviewedandupdated. Wholeschoolsurveyswithfocusgroupsthatincludehardtoreachparents/carers,newparents/carers,parents/carersthathavehadadifficultrelationshipwiththeschool. Parents/carersareinvolvedinanumberofcurricularareasintheschoole.g.practicalcookery,physicalactivity,careertalks. Parent/carersurveystofindoutwhenitismostconvenienttohavemeetings,andofferarangeoftimestosuitallparents/carers. Creativeuseofhomeworkdiariestoallowparents/carerstogiveregularfeedback. Home-schoolagreementisadynamicchangingdocumentandcommitment,andformsakeyfocusinengagingparents/carersintheschool.Parents/carersareinformed Regularschoollettertoparents/carerse.g.withadedicatedsectionforthe NationalHealthySchoolsProgramme. Allmaterialsenttoparents/carerssuchasnewsletters,prospectusesand lettersareaccessible,easytoreadandinappropriatelanguages. Clearpointofcontactforparents/carers,whentheycomeintoorcontact schoolbytelephone. Schoolreceptionareaiswelcomingtoallparents/carers. Regularreportingofachildoryoungpersonsprogress. Schoolhasaprogrammeofeventsthatisofferedatdifferenttimesinthe schooldaytocaterforshiftandotherworkingpatterns. Arecordiskeptoftheinformationsharedwithparents/carers. Invitationtoparents/carerstovisittheschoolbeforetheirchildstartsin receptionandonanongoingbasis. Informationleafletthatdescribesthecurriculum. Wellpublishedschoolletteramendedasaresultof feedbackfromparents/carers. Theuseofsuggestionsboxesorsurgeriestoseekviews fromparents/carersthatarelessvocal. Accesstoahighqualityinteractivewebsite. Offerofopendoorsessionsonaregularbasis. Schooltriesarangeofcommunicationtechniquese.g.website, textanddesktopalertstokeepparents/carersinformed. Seeksfeedbackonthereportingprocessandmakes relevantamendmentsbasedonit. ReviewswhethertheinformationontopicssuchasSexand RelationshipEducationissharedwithparents/carersand hasbeeneffectiveinsupportingdiscussionswiththeirchildren. Anopportunitytohearfromteachersaboutthecurriculum fortheyear. Termly/annualcalendarofeventsproducedforparents/ carersthatisalsoplacedontheschoolwebsite. WellpublishedschoolletterwithNationalHealthySchoolsProgrammesectionthathaschangedinformatandcontentasaresultofparental/carerfeedbackandperhapsdesignedbychildrenandyoungpeople. Informationprovidedthatparents/carershaveaskedfor,wellinadvanceofthedate. Regularremindersofkeyeventse.g.throughfollowuptextmessages. Parent/carerroomorareawithinschoolthatiswelcomingandprovidesaccesstotheschoolswebsiteandICT. Anopportunitytoobservetheclassandattendjointchildand parent/carersessions. Anopportunityasaparent/carertogivefeedbacktotheschooloutsideoftheparent/carereveninge.g.adrop-insessionwithgovernors.Thefeedbackisthenacteduponinaconstructivemanner. 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