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Partnering with Families: Connected Schools

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Teacher leader
  • Next Intake
  • Location
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised

Strengthening family engagement in learning can support your school to achieve its annual implementation plan (AIP) ‘Connected schools’ goal.

You will explore why families choose to connect with schools, and how to create a psychologically safe environment that enables connection with ‘harder to reach’ families.

Partnering with Families is a collection of 3 online workshops that explore how effective partnering improves wellbeing and academic outcomes for children and young people.

Other workshops include Learning Catch-up and Extension and Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids.

Partnering with Families supports the ‘Community engagement in learning’ priority area of the Department of Education and Training’s Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).


Designed for principal class members and teacher leaders with responsibility or a desire to strengthen connections with their school community.  


Designed and facilitated by Sharon Butler from Silent Partners.

Sharon has more than 15 years’ experience working with schools to build and/or enhance their partnering practices with families

You are expected to engage with and contribute to:

  • pre-workshop activities (15 minutes)
  • an online workshop (90 minutes).

Pre-workshop activities

When you register you will receive a link to a video that relates to the content of the course.

You are also encouraged to review your AIP and bring it with you to the facilitated online session.

You will need approximately 15 minutes to complete the pre-work.

Online workshop

Over 90 minutes, you will:

  • reflect on your school’s current partnering practices with families
  • share and discuss how your practices and learnings from remote and flexible learning might be leveraged in 2021
  • review your AIP ‘Connected schools’ goal to see how this may be strengthened using specific partnering practices.

The online workshop will include content and small-group discussion.

A list of relevant resources and Department contacts will be provided to help you access further support and contextualise the learning.

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • why families choose to engage in their child’s learning and with the school
  • strategies that can be used to connect with ‘harder to reach’ families
  • what it means to have psychologically safe environments in which partnering can occur.

You’ll develop the skills to:

  • embed family–school partnering into the core business of your school
  • create and maintain a psychologically safe environment for families and staff 
  • effectively communicate with school community members.

Michelle Brown
Course Coordinator 

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