The relationship between parental engagement, digital home-school links and pupil achievement
Bob Geldof’s vision, and hunch “From a truancy point of view, as a country we really need high levels of education or we are going to fall behind. If kids aren't in school, what's going to happen? Lying out there right now is some kid who could, conceivably, be a genius, but we won't know because he's either in bed, in a bowling alley, drinking or taking some drug or another. This system helps keeps kids in school. Fact.”
Literature review Substantial evidence in the full report and MESH pathway about the value of the Groupcall suite of products for school leaders who are writing OFSTED reports and Pupil Premium submissions or developing case studies in CPD Evidence that digital communications might help to bridge the gap between home and school. The issues that appear to be the most significant in relationships between teachers, parents and pupils are the impact of: • the socio-economic status of the family; • the parents’ awareness about the impact of the media; • the style of parenting that is prevalent; • the availability of home–school digital links”.
Survey trends from teachers in 50 schools across the country Two thirds of teachers who currently use pen and paper for registration would now consider using digital tools. Half the teachers had devices from their schools: mainly iPads and mini-iPads. Also the iPad is the most desired amongst those who do not have devices. This is a significant culture change. One third of teachers would welcome the opportunity to save time because they are given no planning and preparation time in their working day. Of the others the majority only have 2 hours for planning and preparation. Several teachers expressed the concern that this situation would worsen. This has now been taken up by the unions. The registration products being used vary significantly in quality and reliability. How can schools leaders distinguish between the good and the bad?.. Word of mouth, recommendations and BETT awards Microsoft devices are still dominant in schools because of the prevalence of SIMS, but Apple is catching up…how will this impact on the investment in other systems? About 20% of the teachers in this sample would value extra time to improve their subject knowledge, to join CPD programmes and to engage in personal research and study.
Critical incidents • Getting regular information means that parents became aware of the new taught concepts and have an idea of time constrains and expectations of the institution for their child’s learning. In particular they focused their child towards Chemistry topics during revision at home. • Contacted parents re persistent non-homework and poor attitude. Parent very supportive. Worked with student on a 1:1 and used strategies suggested by parents, student's attitude improved and now have an excellent relationship - student now seeks clarification without prompting and is enjoying subject more. • Parental engagement is key to success at school. The most obvious example is visiting parents when a boys attendance drops below a certain threshold in order to secure a rapid and sustained improvement. Another example is holding a parental workshop on how to support your son during revision for GCSEs. • Yes parental engagement has a very important impact on students’ learning achievement. One of my low ability learners was facing many issues in his learning process but with the help of differentiated instruction and planning for him and his parental engagement in his learning process showed a clear learning curve at the end of session. • I had a disorganised pupil who also came to school tired. On investigation the spent too long on computer playing games in the evening. Engagement with parents and feedback has put an improvement strategy in place - less playing computer games and earlier bedtime - improved punctuality and quality of homework.
In-depth answers by teachers in the survey Conviction that parental engagement had improved pupil achievement Sharing information with parents regularly improves relationships with teachers and parents’ trust in the school Increasing involvement with parents and regular news is becoming the norm. Better technology has created a significant culture change that would not otherwise be feasible in a teachers’ busy day.
Working with associates 26% of parents do not have time to communicate with parents 55 respondants to the survey
UNESCO ‘MirandaNet is the Robin Hood of professional development in digital technologies’ The model provides benefits to the associates and the educators equally. The contribution from industry is very appreciated as a means of keeping professional ahead.