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Review of best practice in parental engagement

The review is confined to studies of interventions aimed at supporting and improving parental engagement in their children’s education and which offer evidence on educational outcomes. Priority is given to studies undertaken in the period 2000 - 2010, although earlier, frequently cited studies are also included.

We adopt a broad interpretation of ‘parental engagement’, which includes learning at home, school-home and home-school communication, in-school activities, decision-making (e.g. being a parent governor) and collaborating with the community.

The evidence is presented in three categories:
• School – home links.
• Support and training for parents.
• Family and community based interventions.