This course considers why and how we can work to improve our engagement with parents and carers. We start by considering why our relationship with parents and carers matters and explore the importance of having clear aims and goals for our work with families. During the course, we consider how to overcome common obstacles and explore a range of simple tried and tested strategies for boosting not only the quantity of engagements between school and home but boosting the quality also.
This course has been developed by Dr Pooky Knightsmith and draws on her extensive work as a coach to school leaders. Engagement with parents and carers is an area for improvement for many of the leaders she has coached, and the ideas that have worked well are distilled here.
Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is the author of several books, and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She runs Creative Education alongside her husband and Mother-in-Law.