About the framework
Working together to maximise student learning
The department's Parent and community engagement framework helps students, schools, parents and the community to work together to maximise student learning and wellbeing. Research shows parent and community engagement that is effectively focused on student learning can deliver powerful outcomes (OECD, 2011).
Why is parent and community engagement important?
Research shows that the most successful schools engage students, parents, carers and the community as partners in supporting student learning and wellbeing. Many schools have already developed strategies to engage with parents and community. The overwhelming evidence that parent engagement has a positive effect on student achievement has led to all state schools and their communities being encouraged to strengthen their engagement - with and between students, teachers, parents and carers, support staff, community, industry and business groups.
This framework outlines 5 key elements of parent and community engagement to make a positive difference in our students' education.
Key elements of the framework
Effective communication is an exchange between students, parents, communities and schools that is inclusive and involves information sharing and opportunities to learn from each other.
Partnerships with parents
Partnerships between parents, students and schools promote student learning, wellbeing and high expectations for student success.
Relationships between the school and wider community strengthen the ability of schools and families to support student learning, wellbeing and development outcomes.
Parents, students and community members play meaningful roles in school decision-making.
Respectful relationships between students, parents and the school community are valued and enhance the promotion of student learning and wellbeing.
Download the Parent and community engagement framework policy document:
- Parent and community engagement framework (PDF, 1.1MB)
- Parent and community engagement framework (RTF, 306KB)
- Overview of the Parent and community engagement framework (PDF, 457KB)