Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Education Capital: Progressing Parent Engagement in the ACT

About the project

ARACY was commissioned by the ACT Directorate of Education and Training to conduct a two-year project (2014-2015) entitled Progressing Parent Engagement in the ACT. This project was undertaken by ARACY in partnership with the Association of Independent Schools, Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Association, Association of Parents and Friends of ACT Schools, and Catholic School Parents Canberra Goulburn.

The project provided the Directorate with a strong evidence base to support parental engagement in ACT primary and high schools in order to enhance the partnerships between families and schools and equip them to better focus on children’s learning and wellbeing in the primary school and high school setting

The project activities involved:

  • producing a definition of parental engagement that is evidence-informed and that reflects the priorities and perspectives of ACT parents;
  • fostering the development of a shared understanding between families, schools and administrators about what parental engagement is and why it matters;
  • developing a framework for measuring parental engagement, including a survey schools can use to measure current levels of engagement in their community and track progress over time that can be used across government, Catholic and independent schools; and
  • producing evidence-informed resources for families and schools to equip them to strengthen their parental engagement practice.

The project involved working with and listening to ACT parents, families, school staff and the community about what matters to them in children's learning. A series of technical reports were developed examining definitions, a conceptual model and measurement of parental engagement, as well as fact sheets and key-idea resources to provide schools and families with tips and strategies on 'what works'.

Each of the deliverables from the project can be accessed below.

Technical Reports

Parent Factsheets

School Factsheets

Progressing parental engagement: Resources

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