Key Points
  • Examine different effects of the pandemic on children's learning and how to reach out to parents as allies to narrow the attainment gap
  • Improve communication through an open culture that engages families to achieve greater continuity throughout the school year
  • Empower parents to support children's learning by building trusting relationships at school and emotional wellbeing at home
  • Review whole school approaches that allow for flexible participation and proactive engagement remotely
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Overview

Expert Speakers:

  • Dr. Janet Goodall, Associate Professor, School of Education, Swansea University
  • Carole Willis, CEO, National Foundation for Educational Research
  • Leora Cruddas, CEO, Confederation of Schools Trust
  • Bea Stevenson, Head of Education, Family Links
  • Joe Collin, Programme Manager, The Education Endowment Foundation
  • Dr. Neelam Parmar, Director of EdTech, Digital Learning and Innovation, New Ashford School
  • Kerry-Jane Packman, Director of Programmes, Parentkind
  • Dr. Kelly Burgoyne, Lecturer in Language Disorders, University of Manchester
  • Andrew Walls, Assistant Principal, Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust

    School closures heightened the cleavages of the digital divide, added pressures on family dynamics and threatened to widen the attainment gap. Join Westminster Insight’s Parental and Pupil Engagement Digital Conference to review whole school strategies that foster engagement by creating a context where families can engage, and children can learn effectively.

    Carole Willis, CEO of the National Foundation for Educational Research will provide evidence-based recommendations that put children’s learning as a priority in the parent school relationship. Hear from Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation of Schools Trust on how schools can move from prescriptive to proactive engagement with families, and the Education Endowment Foundation will review its latest Parental Engagement Guidance Report .

    Learn about the trailblazing approaches that schools are taking to maximise the outcomes of remote learning, and equip school staff to feel confident teaching and talking to parents in different contexts, and creating bespoke approaches to create a true sense of inclusion and community.

    You will also hear advice from Family Links on how to approach parents’ mental health and find partners that can address wellbeing as a key to improve children’s outcomes. Don’t miss this opportunity to innovate and improves children’s learning experience.

Agenda
Start

09:00 - 09:10
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Janet Goodall Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath

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09:10 - 09:40
Opening Keynote Address - Catching up together: Enhancing Engagement to Drive School Improvement and Narrowing the Achievement Gap

 
  • Fostering relationships with families and the sense of community to support continuity in unpredictable times
  • Examining different effects of the pandemic on children’s learning and reaching out to parents as allies to narrow the attainment gap
  • Avoiding a “lost generation” and putting children's learning as a priority in the parent-school relationship during coronavirus and beyond
9:30 - 9:40 Questions and Discussion

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Carole Willis CEO, National Foundation for Educational Research

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09:40 - 10:30
Best Practices for Effective Parental Engagement: Recommendations for Different Stages

 
  • Reviewing evidence and recommendations from working with parents from “Working with parents to support children’s learning” report by the EEF
  • Exploring the learnings from Parents and Children Together (PACT) early language programme as implemented by Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School 
  • Supporting children transitioning to secondary school and understanding exams and evaluations as a concern and cause of parental anxiety
10:20 - 10:30 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Dr. Kelly Burgoyne Lecturer in Language Disorders, University of Manchester

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Joe Collin Programme Manager, Education Endowment Foundation

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10:30 - 11:00
Building Trust: Empowering Parents to support Children’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing at home

 

  • Building partnerships with parents: finding opportunities to build trust and communication
  • Supporting parental mental health and wellbeing
  • Endorsing the importance of emotional health at home for learning
  • Identifying and understanding key barriers in preventing parental participation
  • Offering evidence-based parent programmes, lessons from the Doncaster Opportunity Area blueprint from parent friendly schools
10:50 -11:00 Questions and Discussion

Speakers

Kerry-Jane Packman Executive Director of Programmes, Parentkind

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Bea Stevenson Head of Education, Family Links

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11:00 - 11:20
Interval

 

11:20 - 11:50
Keynote Address: Adopting Whole School Approaches to Parental Engagement Strategies

 
  • Understanding different needs emerging during lockdown and creating different bespoke responses
  • Creating empathetic environment where all parents feel welcomed and supported
  • Beyond prescriptive engagement, creating flexible opportunities for proactive engagement with parents
  • Building effective relationships with parents and reinforcing a sense of community to improve outcomes

    11:40- 11:50 Questions and Discussion

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Leora Cruddas CEO, Confederation of Schools Trust

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11:50 - 12:30
Remote Engagement: Fostering Transparency and Increasing Communication Flows Between Parents, Pupils and Schools

 
  • Providing resources for teachers to ensure continuity of learning to prevent widening the attainment gap
  • Promoting an open culture and engaging staff and parents in the implementation plans for the school year 
  • Tackling anxieties by consolidating a blended approach to teaching and offering complete transparency to parents
  • Supporting teachers to develop best practices to secure remote engagement  
12:10 - 12:20 Questions and Discussion

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Andrew Walls Assistant Principal, Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust

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Dr Neelam Parmar Director of E-Learning, Ashford School and Trustee, the Learning Foundation

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12:30 - 12:40
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Dr. Janet Goodall Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath

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End

Speakers

Dr. Kelly Burgoyne Lecturer in Language Disorders, University of Manchester

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Joe Collin Programme Manager, Education Endowment Foundation

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Leora Cruddas CEO, Confederation of Schools Trust

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Dr. Janet Goodall Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, Department of Education, University of Bath

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Kerry-Jane Packman Executive Director of Programmes, Parentkind

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Dr Neelam Parmar Director of E-Learning, Ashford School and Trustee, the Learning Foundation

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Bea Stevenson Head of Education, Family Links

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Andrew Walls Assistant Principal, Sidney Stringer Multi Academy Trust

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Carole Willis CEO, National Foundation for Educational Research

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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