How to engage parents and families in their child’s learning journey

Tuesday , November 15

11 AM (GMT)


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“We communicate with parents a lot, and through various channels. They still want more!”

Everyone agrees, children do better when their parents show an interest in their school activities, help their learning and praise their achievements. Attendance increases, children’s motivation is higher, and classroom behaviour, happiness and outcomes all improve.

In this webinar we will be asking the question “Do you really engage your parents?” and our expert panel will discuss and answer questions around:

  • Why parental engagement is important
  • What are the challenges with engaging parents and how to overcome them
  • Best methods for communication – what are the right channels, formats and times to engage parents


Tom Henry

Tom Henry is a writer with more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, ghostwriting, co-authoring, copywriting, teaching and mentoring.


Ryan Pummell – Community Engagement Specialist & school gov

Ryan has worked with schools and trusts for the last five years, helping them better engage with their parents and communities through creative websites and communication technology. As a parent of two young children and Vice Chair of Governors and SEND Link Governor for Hampton Lakes Primary School, Ryan has first-hand experience of the challenges and barriers to effective engagement.

Andrew Sharp, Executive Head Teacher at Allenton Community Primary School and Pear Tree Community Junior School

Andrew Sharp, Executive Head Teacher at Allenton Community Primary School and Pear Tree Community Junior SchoolAndrew Sharp has spent over 20 years in primary education. He has worked in a variety of schools as a leader across Nottingham and Derby. As Head Teacher, he has overseen the rapid improvement of two schools in areas of high economic disadvantage, including gaining a 'good' judgement in a school described as stuck (never having a good judgement) by the DfE. He is currently a Partnership Lead and Executive Head Teacher with Transform Trust. He has a particular interest in the impact of successful parental engagement.

Adrian Burt, Founder, MarvellousMe

Adrian has worked in education for nearly 20 years. A parent of two children, he is passionate about all children being happy, motivated and successful at school, and equipped with life-long learning skills. His frustrations with traditional school communications inspired him to create MarvellousMe, to improve outcomes through more positive parent engagement.

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