1st Edition

Building Brilliant Connections Between Families and Schools Better Engagement with Education Communities

By Jennifer Ross Copyright 2024
    154 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    154 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely and accessible resource explores the complex relationship between school practice and parental engagement and is a result of rich collaboration between educational professionals, policy makers and innovators in bridging the often-challenging gap between school and home.

    Considering the way schools liaise with parents and the wider school community, the authors provide ideas for innovative ways to develop relationships. Based on unique findings from highly-effective schools who are committed to bridging this gap, this book highlights the importance of using effective partnerships and practitioners understanding the importance of a transparent two-way approach. Case studies and first-hand experiences from educational professionals, parents and members of parent councils will reveal how school policy reform can positively impact school engagement and outcomes for children. This book covers a broad range of areas such as:

    • Parent councils
    • Strengthening links between schools and educational settings
    • SEND – Comparisons between mainstream and SEN schools
    • The role of voluntary action groups within education
    • Fundraising and the impact of voluntary action within education
    • Building positive relationships that enhance teacher wellbeing

    Building Brilliant Connections Between Families and Schools is a key resource for all individuals interested in education, including educational professionals involved in academic outcome, community engagement and parental partnerships within schools. It will aid as a guide to developing approaches for teachers and school leaders, providing opportunities for growth within their own educational setting.

    1. Parent Councils, policy and practise  2. Developing positive relationships and supporting mental wellbeing Karen Dempster and Justin Robbins  3. Strengthening links between schools and settings  4. Voluntary action Alison Body  5. Engaging the disengaged and overcoming barriers  6. Parental engagement: A comparison between mainstream and SEN schools Catherine McClenaghan  7. Reflections


    Jennifer Ross is a SENCO and Primary School Teacher, with a B.A. in Early Childhood studies and a Master’s in Educational Leadership.

    "Parental engagement is crucial for children's learning and development as it supports, encourages & nurtures them. Parents who are engaged in their children's education provide vital emotional and academic support which can boost their child's confidence and motivation, leading to better academic performance as well as better attendance and behaviour.

    When parents are involved in their child's education, they are more likely to communicate with teachers and collaborate on how best to support their child's learning but it’s not always easy to engage parents in the process.

    This comprehensive and engaging book will give teachers and school leaders the roadmap for creating & strengthening the vital links between schools and families. It is bursting with positive actions and lots of practical suggestions building trust even within hard-to-reach communities."

    Sue Atkins, Parenting Broadcaster, Former Deputy Headteacher & Author of ‘Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy Children’ (www.thesueatkins.com)

    "This book is an essential guide for colleagues who not only want to improve parental engagement in school but take it up a notch  to empower families as a force for good in our communities. It’s packed full with practical advice coming from the lived experiences of the author and contributors. Dip in, take tips and see what you can make possible in your schools to improve outcomes for all our children by unleashing the potential of family engagement."

    David Whitehead, CEO, Our Community Multi Academy Trust