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Parents in Education

The "Parents in Education" site focuses on parents as educators, home-school links, family learning, education for parenthood, and related topics.

It aims to connect information about research and practice, to enhance progress in bringing home and school together in partnership.

The site is a joint venture of the Parents in Education Research Network (PERN) and the U.K. National Home School Development Group (NHSDG), in collaboration with related organisations around the world.

ERNAPE is the European Research Network about Parents in Education. In October 1993, with financial support from the European Commission, a group of researchers working in the field of parents in education in different parts of Europe met in Glasgow to discuss how to increase contact across Europe, to exchange knowledge of research developments in Europe and to stimulate research about parents and education at all levels, including intercultural European research. The group decided to establish ERNAPE and to organise this research network by language areas, rather than by countries. ERNAPE is an independent body, not tied to any political, religious or other ideological groups.

Based on the belief that schools alone cannot provide all the needed services to assist children and citizens in being ready to learn and achieve, ERNAPE  incorporated t he term "Parents in Education" which includes both the relationship of parents to school systems and the contributions which parents and families make to their child's learning outside school. It focuses on parents as educators, home-school links, family learning, education for parenthood, and related topics. The field of research about parents in education and families in education is increasingly being recognised as vitally important. More and more research is being carried out world-wide.

Since there is a general trend that children tend to spend most of their waking (therefore learning) time not only outside school but also outside home, it is not surprising that research is being directed at parents and families and how they interrelate with schools and other arenas for their children's learning lives. Increasing use of information and communications technology can only accelerate this trend.

National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University USA

Through the National Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University, researchers, educators, parents, students, community members, and others are working together to enable all elementary, middle, and high schools develop and maintain effective programs of partnership.

The nation’s schools must improve education for all children, but schools cannot do this alone. More will be accomplished if schools, families, and communities work together to promote successful students. The mission of this Center is to conduct and disseminate research, development, and policy analyses that produce new and useful knowledge and practices that help families, educators, and members of communities work together to improve schools, strengthen families, and enhance student learning and development.

Research is needed to understand all children and all families, not just those who are economically and educationally advantaged or already connected to school and community resources. The Center’s projects aim to increase an understanding of practices of partnership that help all children succeed in elementary, middle, and high schools in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

Epstein’s six types of involvement This framework of six types of involvement helps educators develop more comprehensive programs of school-family-community partnerships.

ParentNet USA

The non-profit National ParentNet Association (NPNA) advocates the development of collaborative parent-school communities by providing leadership, training materials and guidance to schools participating in ParentNet® -- a program that facilitates discussion of everyday parenting topics, encourages parent networking and mutual support, and enhances communication between parents, students and schools.

ParentNet makes materials available free to schools. More

Effective Partnerships with Parents (EPPa) Devon, UK

EPPa is a new scheme to help develop effective partnerships between parents, schools and their communities. Parents and carers are key people in helping schools to make better links with families and the community. As part of an Effective Partnership with Parents plan, schools and parents all work together more effectively for the benefit of the children, their families, the school and the local community.

EPPa offers a different approach in that it is the parents who provide the leadership, working with the school staff, governors and often members of the local community.

EPPa is run by Mosaic Educational Ltd, a social enterprise company which was formed in 2003 to take forward the Effective Partnerships with Parents strategy, which had been developed by the Devon Federation of PTAs since 1998 and trialled in 15 schools in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.

Mosaic sells resources to support implementation of EPPa schemes.

Some quotes on this site:

‘The interest that parents take in education is much more important than the parents’ own education, social class or income in explaining how well children are likely to do.’ (Leon Feinstein, LSE)

‘Parental involvement in children’s education is of critical importance. It is eight times more important than standard measures of social class.‘ (DfES Report, 2003)

‘A quarter of the attainment of top-scoring children at the age of 16 is explained by the interest their parents took in their education.’ (DfES Report, 2003)

Making the difference - improving parents' involvement in schools: a consultation on a draft bill

Scottish Executive, Edinburgh 2005

“This paper sets out our vision of how we can encourage and support parents more, both as individuals and as part of the wider school community. We want to achieve stronger, more inclusive and effective parental involvement in all aspects of education and a new partnership between parents and schools.

One of the main messages from the National Debate on Education was that communication and partnership between schools and parents could and should be improved. By improving communications with parents about their child's education and about education more generally and by reviewing the role of School Boards and the way parents' views are represented in schools, I believe the improvements parents are seeking will be made”.

Peter J Peacock - Minister for Education and Young People

The Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO)

A range of current useful information. ACSSO is the peak national organisation representing the interests of the parents, families and school communities of more than two million children attending government schools throughout Australia. ACSSO’s formal structure currently comprises ten government school organisations and their membership networks in all States and Territories.



Parents in Education




Winter (Europe) 2006

Contains an interesting article from Australia on

How to Engage Parents

in school life, for the benefit of the students.



Summer (Europe) 2005


Ø      Making the Difference – Improving Parental Involvement in Schools

Ø      Parents as Partners in Assessment

Ø      Fathers' Involvement

Ø      Parental Involvement and Academic Achievement

Ø      Parents & Homework

Ø      ERNAPE Conference

Ø      New Research

Ø      New Publications

Ø      Internet News




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