Engaging families in their children’s learning is a powerful way of raising standards and well-being in schools. It is also essential for narrowing the attainment gap between learners from richer and poorer backgrounds.
Schools that are both ambitious and successful recognise that to raise standards and improve learner well-being they need to engage effectively with parents, carers and the wider community.
In light of this, the Welsh Government has published “FaCE the challenge together” – a family and community engagement toolkit for schools in Wales. The emphasis is on engagement that helps families to actively support their child’s learning.
This toolkit is designed to provide practical support for schools in Wales to help them develop and strengthen their approach to family and community engagement (FaCE), and also to help schools to meet the requirements of the school development plan (SDP) regulations and the standards of partnership working expected by Estyn.
The toolkit is structured around 5 themes: