Parental Engagement Network

Home Learning Project engages parents in support their children in the EYFS. Nursery training 11 Oct;
Reception training 12 Octn

Parental Engagement Network is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping schools and settings develop their parental & community engagement.

We can help your school or setting to: 

  • Effectively engage all parents, leading to increased achievement, improved attendance and better support for behaviour
  • Narrow the gap by reaching out to disadvantaged families
  • Meet Ofsted and EYFS requirements
  • Motivate and give staff the skills and confidence to develop creative and sustainable work
  • Tap into the skills and resources of your communities
  • Listen to parents' views and develop a real partnership with them
  • Access a wide range of good practice and information - saving you time and money


How we help

We support schools through

  • affordable high quality training open to all schools
  • funded projects which enable schools to access free or subsidised training and resources
  • sustainable resources which can be embedded into your practice
  • regular input, networking, sharing good practice and linking with other local agencies through PEN membership


Engaging Parents Effectively (Sutton Trust & Esmée Fairbairn funded project)

This project, which trains school staff to work more effectively with the parents of disadvantaged 3 – 5 year olds, is one of just six projects nationally to have won three year funding from the new Parental Engagement Fund (through the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation/Sutton Trust). More on feedback from schools...

Now available after successful trials:

“It’s been very successful and had a massive impact on the progress of the children involved. It's just right for targeted children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. It’s been one of the best interventions we’ve done.”
- Headteacher, Irk Valley Primary School

Some of the resources from the project are available to purchase separately:

  • Tip sheets for parents on topics including toilet training, managing behaviour and starting school
  • Playclub bags to raise attainment in phonics, reading, writing and language



New trial course: Moving Up for Primary Schools

Resources for families of year 6 children about moving to high school—now available for primary schools. Includes 6 family activities and 4 tip sheets for parents on building self-esteem, coping with change, leaving primary school and getting organised. More information


PEN Membership

We also offer additional regular support to PEN members.

PEN member schools receive:

  •     3 free network meetings for staff
  •     2 free briefings for senior leadership
  •     3 free support sessions for staff working with vulnerable families
  •     2 free meetings for parental engagement co-ordinators
  •     discounts on PEN training sessions and courses
  •     free 30 minute telephone support with specific requests
  •     free resources, case studies and templates on the password-protected Members Only section of our website
  •     priority when applying for funded projects or other developments
  •     free information for parents (e.g. holiday activities)
  •     free training on particular topics e.g. dental health   

Join now...

News and Information

NEW RESOURCE: KS2 Family Detective Reading Project

Over 20 schools have successfully trialled this resource and engaged large percentages of KS2 parents in this exciting and motivating reading project - now available to purchase separately.

Playclub 4 resources available!

“They’re fantastic! There’s very little preparation needed. Pupil Premium funded children who are behind will massively benefit!"

Playclub 4 sets cost £259

Helping parents get ready for school - examples of workshops engaging parents before their children start school.

Interested in resources, tip sheets and traning? Click here for more information