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Principles which underpin effective Family-School & Community Partnerships


The following principles underpin effective Family-School Partnerships and describe the core beliefs and practices that drive family and community engagement in student learning.

  1. All families and schools want the best for their children.

  2. All children have the right to the opportunity to reach their full potential.

  3. Families are the first and continuing educators of their children.

  4. Effective schools provide a nurturing and supportive learning environment.

  5. Families and schools value quality teaching and respect teachers’ professional expertise.

  6. Families and schools value the diversity of families and use this as a resource for building partnerships and communities.

  7. Family-school partnerships are based on mutual responsibility, respect and trust.

  8. Leadership is critical to building, maintaining and renewing partnerships.

  9. Family-school partnerships improve student motivation and learning.

  10. Family-school partnerships strengthen the connections between schools and their communities.

  11. Partnerships can involve all organisations that support families and schools.