First things first: Do fewer things better and do not forget the obvious
Engaging parents is a national priority
Engaging parents makes sense to increase some pupils’ life chances
Possible initial steps:
Clear the first hurdle and check your entrance: Is it welcoming or forbidding? Are there any easy wins?
Is the responsibility for promoting parental engagement drive clearly allocated or is it part of someone’s ‘catch-all’ remit?
Is the parental engagement drive organised around challenges? What can you do which requires parents, pupils and staff to work together?
Social events are good to get parents through the doors. An approach based on a common challenge will keep them coming back.
Adopt a long perspective. To get the unwilling, be ready to build a community of the willing first.
Keep track of numbers going through the doors and outcomes from day 1
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