Parental engagement in school education

What we’ll do

A Marshall Liberal Government will improve educational outcomes by encouraging and supporting parents to actively participate in their child’s learning and schooling.

We will:

  • provide resources to help parents understand how to most effectively engage with their child’s education
  • ensure all schools provide avenues for parents to engage with teachers about their child’s education, including advanced notice of learning milestones and parental/child learning support strategies
  • recognise the innovative work already being undertaken at some schools to improve parental engagement, including using new technologies, and ensure that sharing best practice across schools is a priority for all Education Directors
  • ensure professional development opportunities for teachers include new best practice models in effectively engaging with parents.

Why we’re doing it

Most parents want to be actively involved in their child’s education and it’s important that this is supported.

Research shows that positive engagement by parents in effective partnership with the school, can have significant educational benefits, particularly in how much a student achieves at school.

Some of our schools are doing this very well. But every school has its own challenges and their own innovators, and practices can always be improved.

While there is an array of approaches, research shows the most significant educational impact is achieved by effective parental engagement in learning in the home environment.

That’s why we are committed to improving learning outcomes for students through better parental engagement.