Resources for Schools

For Principals

Principal standard, 5: engaging and working with the community

The Standard is a public statement which sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do, to achieve in their work. It is represented as an integrated model that recognises three leadership requirements that a principal draws upon within five areas of professional practice.  Standard 5 outlines the expectations of engaging with families and carers, and partner, where appropriate, with community groups, agencies and individuals, businesses or other organisations to enhance and enrich the school and its value to the wider community. Click here.

Leadership profiles, strand 5. 

A one page overview of the five core leadership areas a Principal must undertake outlining how to engage and work with the community. Click here.

For Teachers

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, standards 3.7 and 7.3 

Teacher standards inform the development of professional learning goals, provide a framework by which teachers can judge the success of their learning and assist self-reflection and self- assessment. In these standards are KPIs for teachers to engage parents/carers in the educative process. Click here.

Tool Kits

Planning parent engagement, a guidebook for parents and schools (Ontario)

A Canadian resource guidebook for parents and schools with examples of useful parental engagement exercises and proven techniques for involvement and support. Click here.

Parent engagement in action: a practical guide and toolkit for schools (MCE) 

A Catholic Education practical guide and toolkit for schools outlining the learnings, key areas and steps for schools to follow. Click here.

Learning together, engaging parents and families in school learning: Support material for schools (MCE)

A Catholic Education resource for educators supports the DVD of the same name to aid in building capacity for parents and staff to build school learning. Click here.

Community conversations (MCE)

This document provides schools and school leaders with an overview of the approach, and sets out how the practice of Community Conversations can lead to improved understanding and connected for whole school communities, and improved learning outcomes for students.

Leading family school partnerships

A resource developed by the Catholic Education Office Melbourne Wellbeing & Community Partnerships Unit to assist school leaders to understand and strengthen the role of school leadership in facilitating effective family, school and community partnerships. Click here.

Fact Sheets

Parental engagement: supporting parents to get engaged with the school community (ACT)

A fact sheet to assist schools to support parents to get engaged with the school community by providing examples of ways to enhance parent-school communication and school community participation. Click here.

Parental engagement: building a strong culture of parent school engagement (ACT)

A fact sheet outlining how parental engagement recognises the important role that both parents and teachers play in developing positive attitudes towards learning and education for children, building their motivation and confidence as learners, and fostering their enjoyment of learning. Click here.

Parental engagement: supporting children’s learning at home (ACT)

This fact sheet aims to assist schools in supporting parents in their child’s learning at home. Click here.

Education capital: teacher fact sheet (ACT)

A fact sheet for teachers outlining strategies to help them create better parental engagement through partnerships between families and schools to promote children’s learning and well-being. Click here.

Parental engagement: engaging with families of children with a disability

A fact sheet to help educators engage with families of children with disability. It will help them understand the Disbability Standard for Education, how to strengthen relationships with families and key stakeholders and how to develop an individual learning plan. Click here.

Parental engagement: engaging with ATSI Australian families

A fact sheet to help educators engage with families of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin. It will help them review parental engagement strategies, show respect for experience and culture of ATSI families, and to assist indigenous families in engagement.

Parental engagement: Engaging with families for whom English is an additional language or dialect

A fact sheet to help educators engage with families for whom English is an additional language or dialect. It will help them review parental engagement strategies, show respect for the experiences, culture and language of families for whom English is an additional language/dialect and how to connect to support parental engagement by EAL/D families.


Melbourne Catholic Education has produced through a National Partnership an excellent suite of posters, some of which are in multiple languages.

Family engagement: everyone has a part to play

A poster outlining the role of school leader, teacher, parent and student in Family engagement. Click here.

Family-school-community ties: part of the main game

A poster showing how when schools and families work together, children do better, schools improve and communities flourish. Click here.

Family School Partnerships statement

A poster/PDF outlining When schools and families work together, CHILDREN DO BETTER, SCHOOLS IMPROVE AND COMMUNITIES FLOURISH. Click here.

The language of schooling – the language of learning

A poster that helps educate parents in the language of schooling so that the home and school can share learning expectations. Click here.

Parent teacher interviews, tips for school staff

A poster/PDF outlining tips for educators on how to conduct parent teacher interviews – before, during and after the process. Click here.

Relationships are the key to learning. Some tips for learning at home

A poster outlining how to build effective relationships through communication, trust, respect, understanding and community outreach. Click here.

Schools families and social and emotional learning

A poster summarising how schools and families have essential roles to play in promoting children’s positive development and academic performance. When educators and parents work together as partners, they create important opportunities for children to develop social, emotional, and academic competencies. Click here.

Three useful ways to think about Parent engagement in learning

A poster which helps provide an overview of how to foster parental engagement in For Learning, Through Learning and About Learning. Click here.

Ten things schools can do to create great family-school partnerships (MCE)

A poster/PDF checklist of 10 things educators can do to improve parental engagement. Click here.

Ten things schools can do to create great family-school partnerships (USA)

A poster/PDF checklist of 10 things educators can do to improve parental engagement. Click here.

Thinking about school community partnerships

A poster showing the four stages of school community partnerships – networking, coordinating, cooperating and collaborating. Click here.

Types of parent engagement – keys to successful partnerships

A poster/PDF outlining the six main types of parental engagement – Parenting, Communicating, Volunteering, Learning at home, Decision making and collaborating with the community. Click here.

Where do young people learn?

A poster/PDF outlining how learning occurs, formally and informally, in school, home and community environments where children, young people and adults feel comfortable, accepted, motivated and challenged. Educators can increase academic achievement of students from diverse groups if they make use of, and celebrate, the knowledge, skills and languages these students acquire in the informal learning environments of their homes and communities. Click here.

Outward facing schools: what is your “viewing point”?

A poster outlining the principles of an outward facing school. The term ‘outward facing school’ invites school communities to ‘look out’ beyond the school gate and recognise their larger role in the community. Through engagement in authentic partnerships with families and the community, the outward facing school can explore learning in all its possibilities and make a contribution to the entire community’s capacity to learn.

Audit Tools

School Assessment Tool: reflection matrix (Family school community partnership bureau, ACCSO and APC)

The School Assessment Tool has been developed to assist members of the school community (students, parents, staff and community members) assess current family and community engagement practices and to evaluate their progress when implementing strategies to strengthen engagement. It aligns with the Federal Government’s framework for parent engagement. Click here.

Leading and Developing parental engagement: a tool to help you audit and improve your practice. (UK)

This is a practical audit / reflective tool for school leaders. Click here.

Further Reading

Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network

Resources for parents on how to engage in their child’s learning throughout the life of their schooling years. Click here.

Articles of Interest (Australian Parents Council)

There are almost always useful articles here on a wide range of topics that you can share with your parents. Click here.

Living as Mapmakers, Debbie Pushor and the Parent Engagement Collaborative II © 2015

Leading Canadian proponent of parent engagement and the impact it has on learning. Click here.

A Cord of Three Strands A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools Soo Hong © 2011

Looking at low socio-economic area in Chicago and how to build trust and engagement. Click here.

Meeting parents’ information needs; Mind Matters Module 3.1

Click here.

AITSL have a repository of articles on Parent Engagement

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership has a library of resource articles on parent engagement. Click here.

Guiding questions

Five key guiding questions community can ask themselves on how they can collaborate to increase parental engagement in schools. Click here.

Family and Community Engagement, Catholic federation

A framework on family and community engagement outlining parental engagement in student learning model, principles, benefits and steps. Click here.

Progressing parental engagement key-idea resources

A range of resources developed by the ACT Education Directorate in partnership with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, the Catholic Education Office and the Association of Independent Schools. Click here.