Tips to boost engagement with parents and other stakeholders

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

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on 29 April 2024
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Contents
  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)

Terminology

We've referred to the 'headteacher' and the 'school' within the body of this article, but the information is just as applicable to a trust. If you're a trustee, you will likely have conversations about stakeholder engagement with the executive leader of your trust. That could be the CEO or executive headteacher.

We've also got some specific advice for multi-academy trusts (MATs), where appropriate. 

Why stakeholder engagement matters

In maintained schools, there's an expectation that the governing body will build relationships with stakeholders and that you will have systems in place to communicate regularly with them. In terms of decision making, your board should consider the views of the school's key stakeholders, particularly parents and carers. This is set out in sections 2.3 and 2.7

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