Learning Together

Learning Together Framework

All parents and carers are welcomed and encouraged to:

  • be involved with their child’s education and learning
  • be active participants in the life of the school; and
  • express their views on school education generally and work in partnership with their children’s schools.

Parental Involvement

‘Parental involvement is about supporting pupils and their learning. It is about parents and teachers working together in partnership to help children become more confident learners’.  Parental Involvement Act, 2006

Getting involved in the life and work of your child’s school can include:

  • Establishing and reviewing the Vision, aims, rationale of setting/school
  • Improvement planning
  • Decision-making on education matters affecting child’s learning
  • Developing/reviewing policies
  • Organising events for families
  • Using parents’ skills to enhance/enrich the curriculum
  • Short-life working groups
  • Volunteering
  • Developing the young workforce
  • Parent Council/Parent Teacher Association
  • Parental representation at school, local authority and national levels

Parental Engagement

Parental engagement can be considered as active involvement in learning. Parental engagement represents a greater ‘commitment, ownership of action’ than parental involvement within educational settings such as early learning and childcare or schools. Goodall and Montgomery, 2014

Your child’s school will actively involve you in their child’s learning.  This can include

  • discussions between parents/practitioners and children
  • Focusing on how families can build on what they already do to help child’s learning and to provide a supportive learning environment at home
  • Providing clear and regular communication from school to home
  • Making good use of information technology and the school website

Family Learning

Family learning is a powerful method of engagement and learning which can foster positive attitudes towards life-long learning, promote socio-economic resilience and challenge educational disadvantage. Family Learning Network, 2016

Family Learning encourages family members to learn together as and within a family, with a focus on intergenerational learning.

Family learning activities can also be specifically designed to enable parents to learn how to support their children’s learning.

Learning at Home

Learning at home recognises the vital role that parents, family members, peers and practitioners play in children’s learning and development. Review of Learning at Home 2018

The learning which happens in the home, outdoors and/or in the community, including organised or active learning opportunities

Everyday activities that families already do can be learning at home. These can include

  • play
  • leisure activities
  • fun events
  • sports
  • trips
  • cultural or volunteering experiences
  • school related activities such as homework, reading and sharing books.