Parent leadership in education has been around for many decades in the form of parent councils and Parents and Friends associations, encouraging parent leadership in a volunteer and advisory role. These parent groups have been successful in building the capacity for schools to improve their facilities and in developing the overall school appeal for current and future families.
As we enter a new era in education, what is emerging as a most critical role for parents in education is their ability and capacity to be leaders who demonstrate positive advocacy in Catholic education, who support and guide their children on their learning path and who show other parents how to develop positive learning communities alongside school staff for children to thrive.
Parent engagement is one of several elements that provide schools with the capacity to improve student learning outcomes. CSPV provides a platform and forum for parent leadership and opportunity to support parents in understanding their role in education and how they contribute to successful learning outcomes for children.
CSPV advocates for parent engagement in all Catholic schools by providing resources and forums for parents to engage with international speakers and experts in how to engage with children on the learning journey.
Whilst professional learning opportunities have been provided to school leaders, CSPV sees a unique opportunity to further improve engagement in our schools by encouraging parent leadership in understanding the parent role in engaging and working alongside teachers and school leaders to improve learning outcomes for their children.
Gearing up for parent engagement - toolkit
In 2019 Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) launched the “Gearing up for Parent Engagement in Student Learning” toolkit, which was developed for families and schools to help make the transition into primary and secondary school a great experience for children and young people.
The toolkit is comprised of twenty-two modules and this website invites you to access each module on-line or download a pdf. CSPV, as a member of CSPA, encourages you to use the many practical ideas in these modules to develop a better understanding of the importance of relationships between home and school.