Tips to boost engagement with parents and other stakeholders

Find strategies to help improve communication and strengthen engagement with parents, carers and other stakeholders.

Last reviewed on 10 May 2023
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  1. Why stakeholder engagement matters
  2. Assess current stakeholder engagement
  3. Improve governor engagement with the school community
  4. Monitor your leaders' strategy
  5. MATs: establish the role of trustees and local governing bodies (LGBs)

Why stakeholder engagement matters

Your board and your school's leaders will make the best decisions about your school when you're taking the views and needs of key stakeholders into account. 

Your board should have mechanisms that enable you to listen, understand and respond to the voices of your stakeholders. This is according to pages 14 and 20 of the Governance Handbook

Parental engagement is especially important

It can "have a large and positive impact" on children’s learning (see page 21 of the Governance Handbook). 

It's your board's responsibility to make sure your school has an effective strategy for engaging meaningfully with parents and carers, to:

  • Inform strategic decision making
  • Support parents to understand the structure of the school and how it operates
  • Help parents support their children's education

Assess current stakeholder engagement

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