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Details of key research studies on parental involvement are included in the DCSF (now known as Department for Education) leaflet entitled The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children's Education.

Here is a brief summary:

  • Parental involvement has a significant effect on pupil achievement throughout the years of schooling.
  • Educational failure is increased by lack of parental interest in schooling.
  • Engaging hard to reach parents has a disproportionately positive effect on student learning and student achievement.
  • A father’s interest in a child’s schooling is strongly linked to better educational outcomes for the child.

In PTA UK’s Annual Parent Survey 2016 more than eight out of 10 (84%) parents said they want to be consulted by the school about their child’s education but nearly half (46%) are unsure if their feedback is properly taken into account by schools

Review of Best Practice in Parental Engagement - Department for Education Research Report RR156 is available from the Department for Education



We have listed further reading on parent voice below.

The Parent Participation Handbook 

A practical guide for schools on how to maximise parental involvement. Includes a CD with downloadable resources such as surveys, letters and a draft constitution. Available from Optimus Publishing. Cost £89.


Harnessing Parent Power: Working with parents to improve pupil outcomes 

A DIY staff training package for schools, available from Optimus Education.


Setting up a Parent Council DCSF Resource Pack

This pack, produced by the DCSF, gives basic nuts and bolts information about how to go about setting up a Parent Council or Parent Forum.


Developing Parent Voice at your School

A free resource produced by PTA UK in association with Parent Councils UK to support schools in developing a parent council or other parent body to listen to parents' views.


Setting up Parent Councils Project: Case Studies of Project Schools

This is a report of the DCSF pilot project on Setting up a Parent Council which was carried out by the charity Human Scale Education. It includes case studies of the four project schools.

Parents and Schools Working Together

Six-sided flyer giving examples of different ways in which schools can work with parents. Available from Parent Councils UK via Cost £2.


Pathways to Child Friendly Schools: a guide for parents by Fiona Carnie

This book gives examples of ideas and initiatives to help schools to build a partnership with their parents. 
Available from Parent Councils UK via Cost £10.


Useful links

Department for Education

Human Scale Education

Education Scotland

Parental Engagement Network


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