Schools receive funding to improve parent engagement

The State Government has announced $80,000 in grants to support parents and caregivers’ participation in their child’s learning and education.

The Parent Initiatives in Education (PIE) funding program aims to help parents and caregivers to better understand what their children are learning, how they can support their child’s education at home and to build positive relationships with their child’s school or preschool community, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups.

33 government schools and preschools have been funded through the program.

A number of successful initiatives will be focusing on cultural engagement, such as Cowandilla Primary School and Children’s Centre’s Aboriginal Artwork Project which aims to promote the importance of reading and build community connections through Aboriginal dreamtime stories and art with families and children.

Parafield Gardens Children’s Centre will use their funding to run family gatherings with Aboriginal families within the centre and beyond where they will share information around services and the learning and development of their child.

Other sites such as Munno Para Kindergarten and Riverdale R-7 will encourage parent participation in excursions and outdoor environments.

“The Marshall Liberal Government remains committed to improving learning outcomes for students through better parental engagement, as promised prior to the 2018 election,” said Education Minister John Gardner.

“Many parents and caregivers want to be more involved in their child’s education and it is important that this is supported.

“Research shows that positive engagement by parents in effective partnership with the school can have significant educational benefits, such as increased attendance at school and improved learning outcomes.

“Furthermore, the most significant educational impact is often achieved by effective parental engagement in learning at home.

“The initiatives supported by the PIE funding program aim to help parents be actively involved in their child’s education, have the confidence to help their child learn and to better connect with their school or preschool.”

The full list of successful education sites can be viewed here.

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