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Barriers to developing an effective home school partnership

From a parent perspective can include:

  • Lack of time (work, childcare)
  • Haven’t been asked to meet with teachers
  • Low self-esteem, find the idea of getting involved intimidating
  • Negative experience of school
  • Low aspirations
  • Health issues
  • Lack of guidance on how to support their child
  • Not sure what skills and knowledge they can contribute

From a teacher perspective can include:

  • Lack of time for both teachers and parents
  • Difficult getting parents interested/involved
  • Belief among parents that educating their children is the school’s job
  • Parents unable to support their child’s learning because of limited education
  • Families disengaged with education
  • Reluctance of parents to come into school
  • Lack of training in parent engagement
  • Challenging parent behaviour

Last updated 15 September 2020

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