The Positive Effects of Increasing Parental Engagement and the Key Considerations for Schools [Parental Engagement #7]
Published on 03/04/19
As part of our investigation, we wanted to research not only which methods of communication would be most beneficial for schools to implement, but also the key considerations for buying new tools and what they feel would be gained from making these investments.
Key Considerations for Schools
The key considerations that we found were important to schools across all sectors were affordability, ease of use and the ability to integrate with existing systems such as the school website or MIS software. With school budgets ever-tightening, it is crucial that school investments provide value for money and are easy to use by a wide majority of staff members. Having a new tool that already provides an option to integrate with current software and systems will also be beneficial in terms of remaining cost-effective.
A high importance for primary schools (but not as much for secondary and independent) was that any tool provides longevity, however this again may be linked with affordability and budgets – any new systems need to be future-proofed and provide a long-term solution in order to stay financially viable.
The least important consideration, which was a little surprising, was the reputation of the supplier; only 4% of the schools surveyed noted that this would be a key requirement for their purchase whilst only 8% would require a recommendation or referral from a trusted supplier.
We also asked the schools if there were any other key considerations which would come into their decision- making process which were not listed in the previous selection. The additional responses we received were mainly around the security of the product and the ability to tailor the communications to a specific audience. The other frequently mentioned requirement which schools would want to consider was related to language barriers; whether a tool would allow the communications to be read and understood by all of their school community and if there would be any settings available to cater to additional language requirements.
The Positive Effects of Increasing Parental Engagement within Schools
To conclude our investigation, we asked our survey participants about the positive effects that they perceived increased parental engagement provide to their school.
The responses were unanimous with all schools across all sectors equally noting that increasing parental engagement has a positive effect on support children’s learning at home, communication with parents, raising awareness of school events and information, improving the home-school relationship and improving the school reputation.
All of these factors are extremely beneficial for the school and it’s excellent to see the positive and beneficial impact that increasing parental engagement has for schools.
In our final post…
In the last blog post of our Parental Engagement Series, we will be evaluating our investigation and summarising the results.
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