The importance of parental involvement in a child’s education
Within the world of education there is a simple rule of thinking: the more a school works together with parents and guardians to aid a child's learning, the more successful and happier the child is. A wise school understands the benefits of creating a school community where parents also feel welcome and supported and engaged in their child’s education.
Research shows that school programs focusing on the involvement of a parent in a child's education see real improvement in student achievement. This is achieved through a real working partnership between the school and parents, where responsibility for a child's learning is shared equally between both parties.
Parents are seen to become more engaged in the process if they are involved in school meetings and events, and most importantly when they are supported by the school to continue the child’s learning at home.
The financial situation or career status of a parent is incidental to the premise - irrespective of income or background, students with involved parents are ‘more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school’.
Key points to the school & parent partnership:
Parents: a child’s first teacher
Parents and guardians are normally the first, most present and loyal teachers in any child’s life - it therefore makes sense that they should be involved in their child’s education at school.
Information & support is key
To help engage a parent in their child’s education it is vitally important that a school keep parents and guardians continually informed about the learning program and each student's progress, and to offer services to support them throughout the process.
Learning continues at home
For a child to achieve their full potential at school it is essential that a child continues with their studies at home and this normally can only be effectively achieved when parents and school have a good relationship and can communicate.
Parents need to be heard
Parents need proper representation and schools should always allow for the establishment of official platforms where parents can air their views and be part of decision making. These can take the form of a council, an association or online forum - a place where parents have the opportunity to become involved in their child’s education and school life.
"no matter their income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school.”
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education USA
St. Andrews Dusit
At St. Andrews Dusit we understand that schools must be open and positive towards the involvement and engagement of parents and guardians in children’s education. We believe that developing positive relationships with parents is essential to creating a successful school, with happy students working to achieve their full potential.
There is a strong sense of community at St. Andrews Dusit and parents, children and teachers all work together in a genuine partnership for the benefit of the students who attend the school.
St. Andrews Dusit Parent Teacher Group (PTG)
St. Andrews Dusit established our important Parent Teacher Group (PTG) at the same time as the school itself was founded in 2010. The aim of our parent teacher association is to work collectively to provide a high quality learning environment for the children in our joint care by sharing information and concerns, and running events.
PTG Mission: to work together for the common good of the student body and to foster goodwill amongst parents, teachers and friends towards our school. Apart from helping to plan whole school events, the PTG also benefits the school community through:
- Welcoming new families
- Fund-raising activities
- Social events for parents and teachers
- Discussion groups for parents and teachers
Annual Voice of the Parent survey
"We are very fortunate to have close ties with our parent community. We actively encourage parents to support and become involved in the school in a variety of different ways, including supporting our local charities, joining our Parent and Teacher Association, being active in our school calendar events and even coming in to read to our students.”
Caroline Ratcliffe - Head of School, Dusit