1st Edition

Better Behaviour through Home-School Relations Using values-based education to promote positive learning

By Gill Ellis, Nicola S. Morgan, Ken Reid Copyright 2013
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    How can we create effective partnerships between home, school and the community?

    How can the relationships and communication between families and school be strengthened?

    How can families help schools to improve behaviour in their children, both at home and at school?

    Using a tried and tested framework that has been successfully implemented throughout a wide variety of very different schools and settings, ‘Family Values’ is a Scheme which engages and empowers families to work in close collaboration with schools and organisations, and which results in long-term improvements in behaviour, communication, pupil achievement and relationships. The ‘Family Values’ Scheme has been proven to:

    • Help pupils to be more academically diligent
    • Help schools to assume a calmer, more peaceful ambience
    • Forge better pupil-teacher relationships
    • Improve Pupil and teacher wellbeing
    • Help parents to be more engaged with the school
    • Improve children’s literacy, behaviour and attendance
    • Provide head teachers and their staff with an effective whole-school strategy.

    The authors’ award-winning ‘Family Values’ Scheme is underpinned by sound theoretical principles, and they show here how it has been successfully put into practice through case studies in real school settings. The book explores how the Scheme promotes social, emotional and family system theories, and, in linking effectively to SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning), the Scheme compliments existing personal and social education programmes in all schools.

    Showing schools and organisations how to create effective partnerships with families and the community in a fun, exciting and sustainable way, Better Behaviour through Home-School Relations will be of huge benefit to all school staff, as well as local authorities, support groups, parents, charities and services.

    List of illustrations  Foreword  Acknowledgements  1. Introduction: what is a family?  2. The family unit  3. One parent families, schools and raising achievement  4. Engaging with parents  5. Values-based education  6. How the family values scheme works: key principles  7. How the fvs operates  8. Establishing the fvs: the coed eva story  9. Case studies  10. The head teacher’s perspective  11. Log files  12. Courage  13. Even more evaluation  14. Conclusion  References  Index


    Gill Ellis is the head teacher of a large primary school in South Wales.

    Nicola S. Morgan is a qualified teacher and behaviour management consultant.

    Ken Reid (OBE) is presently the adviser to the Welsh government on behaviour and attendance. He was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor and Research Professor at Swansea Metropolitan University. He is also the national president of SEBDA.