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Re-engaging Parents in School National Conference – Live Online

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The research on parental engagement has been fairly consistent over the past few years, and the pandemic has made these relationships even more essential. Parental engagement is repeatedly found to be one of the most effective levers we have to improve outcomes for all students. This conference brings together the latest research, guidance, innovative ideas and proven practice all designed to improve parental engagement.
The specialist inputs will feature contributions from well-known experts in the field including Professor Janet Goodall, Kelly Hannaghan, Nina Jackson, John Rees.

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Target Audience

The Re-engaging Parents in Schools Conference is open to professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including:
• Headteachers
• Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
• Family/Parent Engagement Workers
• Education Welfare Officers
• Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff
• Heads of Year
• Inclusion Managers
• Pastoral Leaders
• Directors of Special Educational Needs
• Head of Year
• Senior Leadership Team
• Senior Education Advisors
• Directors of Education
• Designated Teachers


Key topics covered:

• Learn how to navigate challenging professional relationships with vulnerable families;
• Explore some of the barriers to positive parental engagement;
• Look at ways to foster a positive home, school partnership;
• Understand the impact of social media on relationships and wellbeing;
• Ways to empower parents to become key Wellbeing Warriors;
• Understand the impact on parental mental health on the development of children/young people;
• Discuss effective ways to engage and work with parents;
• Gain strategies to develop a parent friendly approach to building positive home/school links, through purposeful family empowerment groups within your school community.


Conference Programme

9.15 – 9.30 Registration and Welcome

09:30 – 10:20 Professor Janet Goodall
Why engage parents? And what does that even mean?

This session will look at the concept of parental engagement, discussing the findings from the literature about why parental engagement in learning is important. It will also look at what the term does not mean, and how school staff can support the sorts of engagement that will support learning.

10:20 – 10:25 Questions

10:25 – 11:15 Kelly Hannaghan – Why do some parents project their anger and fears onto educators and how to manage this?
Parent engagement is a critical element to embed a whole school approach for wellbeing in education, but what if, schools are finding it hard to manage parental expectations and behaviours, how do we continue to foster a positive home, school partnership? Join Kelly in a safe space for reflection and empowerment on what effective parent engagement looks like and explore the why and the how to manage family relationship’s in the school environment.

11:15 – 11:30 Questions / Breakout Room / Break

11:30 – 12:15 Nina Jackson – Supporting Parents with Bullying

12.15 – 1pm John Rees – Social Media and e-communication
During various lockdowns, schools and teachers had to become more easily accessible to parents using electronic communication. As circumstances change, how could, or should we now be engaging with parents whilst protecting staff and their well-being?

13.00 – 13:50 Questions / Breakout Room / Lunch

13:50 – 14:35 John Rees – Parental Mental Health
The economic implications of Covid are still putting tremendous strain on families. We know that in addition to the challenges of mental ill-health for children and young people, schools also have to face parental mental ill-health. This session will explore some ways of addressing this.

14:35 – 15:20 Nina Jackson – ‘The Parent Trap’ – Supporting Parents in becoming Wellbeing Warriors
When Parents feel trapped, who do they turn to? In most cases it’s the schools where their children attend. Schools are supportive, problem-solving environments who never turn parents away when they need help, support, and guidance on a variety of matters. Wellbeing is one of them.During this session, Nina Jackson will share ways that you can empower parents to help themselves to then becoming key Wellbeing Warriors for the school and the wider community. Through purposeful intervention programmes to working with children, soon you will see how parents won’t be trapped anymore, but instead will be working with you side by side for the good of wellbeing in school and the sider community.

15:20 – 15:30 Feedback & Close


Further information

Times: 9:30am – 3:35pm live online conference via Zoom.
Speakers will be in the room at 9:15am and until 4:00pm to answer any questions or for further information etc.
Breaks for mid morning and afternoon including 40 minutes scheduled for lunch will also be given.
Questions and discussions are welcome throughout the conference. We want to make this your day.


Your Pack

Information and links will be emailed to you prior and during the conference.
Your pack including handouts, an M&S gift voucher, snack pen and notepad will be posted to you prior to the conference.

We will ensure that the conference day is made comfortable and stress free for you to enjoy wherever you are.
This conference is also available as in-house / INSET training at your school. Contact us for details.

Additional information

Date and Location

20th October 2022