Dr Debbie Pushor on why family engagement needs to be co-ordinated and systematic, rather than random and disconnected. 

A systematic approach

  Debbie's presentation at the PV Conference, 2018

One strategy for increasing family engagement that has worked in many schools is to employ a dedicated Family Engagement Officer. On this page we give some examples of how this works, including a detailed research project from Glenroy College. 

The story of how one teacher established class gardens in the primary area at her school, and her school employed a ‘gardener’ to support the kids and teachers. They’re now planning to move the gardens out into the general yard where parents walk to drop their children off at school. The hope is that these gardens provide opportunities for parent engagement as they become established and students are excited about the growth they can see taking place.

Read more on the Education Changemakers website.

Families appreciate being valued and acknowledged and this builds pride and confidence in our students and our schools. It’s important to celebrate the success of everyone’s efforts.commitmints














How one school is creating a space where parents and carers feel supported and needed in their school to improve wellbeing and learning of the whole school community. A community playground and Community Hub are helping to engage parents who were previously not involved in their children's school at all.

Read the case study on the Education Changemakers website. 


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