EPIC Parent Engagement Project
The 2013/13 Parent Engagement Project increased parental engagement and contributed to building the capacity of school staff to engage with parents and the broader community.
The Parent Engagement Project increased parental engagement and contributed to building the capacity of school staff to engage with parents and the broader community. This 2012-13 partnership between East Preston Islamic College, Independent Schools Victoria, the Islamic Council, the Office for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and Spectrum MRC aimed to increase family engagement at the school.
The project was delivered in a six month period and consisted of a consultation phase, activity phase and evaluation phase. During the consultation phase, a series of focus groups were organised with parents, teachers and students, where participants were invited to share their opinions and ideas about how the school could improve family engagement.
|East Preston Islamic College (EPIC)|
|Independent Schools Victoria|
|Office for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship|
The outcomes of the project have been significant and positive. By implementing new strategies for engagement, the school held a successful Parent Information Evening, where family attendance was almost ten times greater than that at previous events of this kind. Through its Careers Week the school also engaged with external education & training providers, alumni, employers, and community agencies.
The project has contributed towards building the capacity of school staff to engage with parents and the broader community, via the leading participation of key staff in the project.
The project has further establishing a culture of responsive dialogue between parents, students and teachers.
The school committed to build on from this experience by adopting a partnership model to develop and implement a parental engagement strategy in 2013.