Parental EngagementJason LyonsDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace RelationsFeb 2013
Parental Engagement • Recent research: • confirms that children do much better in school when their parents/families are engaged in their learning. • shows that when schools and parents/families work in partnership students get even better results and stay in school longer.
National Plan for School Improvement • The Government recognises the importance of parental engagement. • Parental engagement will be a key part of the National Plan for School Improvement.
Australian Government Programs • Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau. • Smarter Schools National Partnership for Low Socio-economic Economic Status (SES) School Communities National Partnership - $1.5 billion over seven years (2008–09 to 2014–15). • PaCE Program
PaCE Program • PaCE is a community driven program which enhances the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities to: • engage with schools and education providers in order to support improved educational outcomes for their children; • build strong leadership that supports high expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’ educational outcomes; • support the establishment, implementation and/or ongoing progress of community-school partnerships; and • support and reinforce children’s learning at home.
PaCE - Funding • The program started in 2009 and will continue until 31 December 2013. • Over the 2009 to 2012 period the Australian Government expended a total of $77.8 million on the program. • A further $16.5 million has been allocated for the program in 2013.
PaCE Projects • Since 2009, 494 diverse projects across all States and Territories have been initiated. • Aimed at approximately 53,000 parents and carers and a further 28,000 community members. • 267 projects in 2012.
Key Questions: • If you could change one thing about the program what would it be? • If you could keep one thing about the program what would it be?