St. Thomas More

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Newstead Road, Leicester Leicestershire LE2 3TA

0116 2706365 | @STMleicester

Parental Engagement

Parents play a vital role in education. When parents are engaged and involved everyone
benefits: children, parents, families, teachers, schools and communities and our school is
enriched as a positive place to teach, learn and grow.

Research shows that where parents know what their children are learning and support that at
home, children will do much better at school.

The work of Professor Charles Desforges tells us that at the age of seven, parental influence
on children’s learning is six times that of the school and by the age of eleven it is still a third
greater. Working effectively with parents and carers to help them to support their children’s
learning and development is crucial, right through from F2 to Year 6.

Our vision is that parents;

  • are welcomed, respected and valued by the school community as partners in their children’s learning and development;
  •  are seen as the experts regarding their own children, and are listened to.



Our aims are to;

  •  foster and sustain a positive, welcoming school climate in which all parents perspectives are encouraged, valued and heard;
  • create clear and positive communication links with parents, where they know they can approach the school with a problem and it will be positively and promptly acted upon;
  • communicate with parents using the media with which they are most comfortable;provide useful information about the curriculum and practical advice, including workshops, coffee and chat sessions and meetings that will enable parents to support their children’s learning and development;
  • give parents choices in how they want to be involved with their child’s learning;
  • share with parents responsibilities for implementing school policies, e.g. promoting positive behaviour, healthy eating, homework and teaching and learning;
  • identify and remove barriers to parent engagement that may prevent some parents from fully participating in their children’s learning.