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A recent report on social cohesion in Victorian schools has some interesting conclusions for parents and school communities. Leading for social cohesion in Victorian public schools, published by Monash and Deakin Universities, examines key findings from a survey of 91 Victorian public school principals/assistant principals on leading for social cohesion.

Challenges for school leaders

The report aimed to identify the major social issues that were impacting students in Victorian public schools, and the key factors that are helping – and hindering - school leaders to build more socially cohesive school communities. Some of the issues identified by school leaders were family violence, social isolation, mental health and the impact of social media.

Family and community engagement helps

One of the report’s key findings is that strong connections with parents and communities were factors that helped to generate social cohesion. One typical survey response identified “Open communication involving parents at the school in a meaningful way” as a key resource that helped school leaders build social cohesion.

The report makes a number of recommendations, including this one: “Support schools in building strong connections with parents and schools through community events and partnerships.”

We have focused on the family engagement aspect of the report in this summary, but the report delves into many other areas. It’s well worth a read.

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