Many schools and other professionals working with families often talk about families and communities being hard to reach.
These may include parents/carers who have:
These families, who for whatever reason are not engaging with schools, will often miss out on crucial opportunities to benefit from the whole school offer including attending parents’ evenings, school events such as fetes, performances, curriculum and sports days. Their children may not be accessing extra curricular activities. The parents may not have the confidence or tools to support their children’s education.
But is it that these families are hard to reach or is really the case that schools are not reaching hard enough?
It is the school’s responsibility to monitor parental engagement and remove the barriers that may be adversely affecting some parents from actively participating in the life of the school.