On March 25th, Headteachers, Deputy Heads and Parent Practitioners from across the Yorkshire and Humber region came together to share learning and best practice on the Parental Engagement agenda at a regional conference, organised by YHGfL (Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning) and supported by Becta.
Through a mixture of speaker presentations, group discussion and practical workshops, the conference highlighted successful case studies and approaches towards engaging parents in their child’s learning, providing delegates with simple and practical working models to implement in their own school.
Mechanisms included: Hosting classroom resources on the school website that are accessible outside of school; Highlighting and praising positive behaviour and student achievement through an online ‘praise board’; and homework help multimedia resources available online to enable parents to reinforce their child’s learning using teaching methods being used within school.
Comments from delegates include:
“I will use elements from the presentation in my own school.”
“It was so useful to be able to hear examples that parents have engaged with from another Headteacher rather than just the policy-makers.”
“Being able to interact with a wide range of people from across the region and from different Local Authority areas was great, the whole event was fascinating.”
YHGfL will be delivering follow-up workshop sessions around the region, to help education practitioners respond to DCSF targets for Parental Engagement and Online Reporting. For more information on these sessions or any other training offered by YHGfL contact: firstname.lastname@example.org