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Supporting Families and Schools to Work Together

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced that all Australian schools and parent associations will soon receive a copy of the Family-School Partnerships Framework.

The Family-School Partnerships Framework will help schools build effective partnerships with families and their communities.

The Framework sets out the principles of effective partnerships and highlights strategies that schools and parents can use to guide and develop partnerships.

Families have a major influence on their children’s achievement in school and through life and the evidence shows that when schools, parents and communities work in partnership, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer and enjoy school more.

The Framework underpins the ideals of the recently established Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau and will complement the work of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Productivity Agenda Working Group.

COAG has identified boosting parental engagement as a key policy direction to improve school participation and achievement, reduce educational disadvantage and promote social inclusion.

The Australian Government has worked closely with the Australian Council for State School Organisations, the Australian Parents Council, schools and other stakeholders to develop the Framework.

Further information and an electronic copy of the Framework are available at www.deewr.gov.au/familyschoolpartnershipsand the Family-School and Community Partnership Bureau’s website at www.familyschool.org.au.