Parental Engagement Network Community Interest Company will provide benefits locally, nationally and internationally to:

  • Schools and Early Years Settings
  • Parents, carers, children and families
  • Community organisations and voluntary and statutory agencies
  • Members of the wider community
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Activity

To provide training, information, resources, research, projects, consultancy and support to enable staff and governors from schools and early years settings to:

  • better engage parents and families in their children’s learning and healthy development
  • develop parental and community involvement
  • improve schools’ and settings’ practice in working with parents
  • better record and evaluate this work
  • facilitate support, and structures to enable mediation, early intervention and signposting to other agencies for parents and families

How will the activity benefit the community?

  • There will be improved outcomes for children in terms of their learning, their social, emotional and spiritual development, their health and behaviour with the associated lifelong benefits for them and for the community
  • Schools and settings will be better at communicating with and consulting parents, families and communities
  • leading to a decrease in conflict and increasing support for schools and settings
  • Families will be more positively engaged in learning together leading to social, emotional and educational benefits
  • Parents and carers will have greater knowledge, skills and confidence to support their children’s learning and development and this will improve children’s confidence and attainment
  • Fathers and male carers, grandparents and other family members will be better included in activities in schools and settings
  • School staff will be more knowledgeable, confident and skilled at engaging parents and families
  • Schools and settings will be better at engaging volunteers and tapping into the skills, experience and resources of parents and the wider community to enrich children’s learning
  • There will be improved evaluation and evidence about what works
  • Parents will have better access to support, mediation and other agencies

Activity

To work with other agencies to provide information, training and resources for parents to enable them to:

  • Support their child’s learning and healthy development and develop their parenting skills
  • Run effective groups and associations and get peer support
  • Develop their own skills and access opportunities
  • Ensure parents’ voices are heard and they are supported (for instance through mediation)
  • Get involved in schools and settings
  • Work as equal partners in governance and accountable structures
  • Access support and be signposted to appropriate agencies

How will the activity benefit the community?

  • Parents and carers will have greater knowledge, skills and confidence to support their children’s learning and development and this will improve children’s confidence and attainment
  • Parents will have more confidence and skills to get involved in schools and settings and parents’ views will be heard more effectively
  • Parents will be better able to access support from each other
  • Parents will develop their broader skills making them more employable and will be able to access further opportunities
  • Parents will be more involved as equal partners in a range of structures including as governors

Activity

To develop communication about parental engagement through for instance networks, publications, a website, newsletters, training courses, conferences and other media to enable:

  • The sharing of good practice and partnership working between schools, settings and voluntary and statutory agencies
  • The development of information and leadership at a local, regional, national and international level
  • The development of evaluation and evidence based research
  • A range of agencies and structures to effectively consult with and engage parents

How will the activity benefit the community?

  • Parental engagement will be better promoted at a local, regional and national level
  • Agencies, schools and settings will work more closely together to improve parental and community engagement
  • Good practice will be more effectively spread between schools and settings
  • There will be improved evaluation of this work and dissemination of what works
  • Parents will be more effectively engaged as partners in a range of agencies

Information

PEN Accounts

CIC Reports

Our current strategies and activities