All educators know that high levels of parental support are consistently associated with positive outcomes for students. Parental involvement with the school—such as attending events—are a measure of good communication and positive relationships but are only a stepping-stone to parental engagement in learning.
At Regents International School, our understanding of this has led us to strategic planning of how to involve parents in their children’s learning, with the purpose being to build our community’s collective efficacy. Parents are our equal partners and can make a difference.
As a Leadership Team, an assessment of the needs of the community as well as talking to parents about what would help them support learning have been essential. Although feedback from the Parent Supporter’s Group was invaluable, it was important to have input from parents whose level of involvement was more likely to have a language barrier or a lack of understanding of international educational pedagogy at its source.