The regional support programme for ‘Family and Community’ Network Meetings will support schools and settings having a clear understanding and implementation plan of the FaCE toolkit and with a focus on the five themes 1. Leadership for a self-improving system: Practical support to school leaders to help them embed family and community engagement in the ethos of the school, reflect on current practice, and set out future in the school development plan. 2. Embedding a whole-school approach: How to build the school’s capacity for engagement. 3. Welcoming families to engage with the school: How to overcome barriers to engagement, including families that interact with the school less frequently or have needs that are harder to accommodate. 4. Helping families to actively support their child’s learning: Ideas and examples of how schools can engage with families as serious and practical partners in children’s learning. 5. Developing community partnerships and multi-agency working: Information on helping families find additional support and how to plan more effective transitions with a focus on what is important for the learner and their family. The regional support programme will also focus on national and regional family and community initiatives.
Outcomes for teachers At the conclusion of this programme practitioners will: -
• Understand the current national and regional Family and Engagement strategy. • Schools and settings to embedd FaCE themes. • Schools and settings to plan, deliver and evaluate an annual ‘in house’ programme of events. • Schools and settings to share case studies and build a network of supporting one another. • To develop partnerships across the region with external agencies. • To engage in research findings from around the world.
Benefits for Learners
Learners in school will benefit from teacher/leader engagement in this programme through: - • Stronger relationships between schools and settings and families/carers. • Families/carers able to support leaners with homework and extracurricular experiences etc. Information sharing between home, schools and settings encourage stronger engagement in school and setting events.