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Re-imagining parental engagement

A one day conference looking at the latest research in the field of parental involvement in children's education.

  • 25 May 2019, 10.00am to 25 May 2019, 3.30pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • Ensemble Room, The Edge, University of Bath
  • This event is free
A father and daughter looking at a world map together
Engaging parents in their children’s learning is a powerful way of raising achievement levels.

Engaging parents in their children’s learning is a powerful lever for raising pupils’ achievement, particularly for those who tend to underachieve in the current schooling system. Yet for many schools this type of engagement remains elusive. Are you interested in learning why this might be and what might help bring change?

At this event you can:

  • Engage with renowned leaders in the field of parental engagement
  • Exchange ideas with a wide range of people, from parents and carers to teachers and governors, with a passion for the ways parents can support learning and enhance pupil outcomes
  • Explore examples of good practice based on the latest research
  • Find out about Dr Janet Goodall’s recently enhanced parental engagement toolkit first developed with 34 Wiltshire Schools

Download the event programme.

Key note speaker: Naomi Eisenstadt CB

Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Education & Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.

Naomi has been active in policy and practice in the field of early years for over thirty years. In 1999 she became the first director of the Sure Start Unit. Her portfolio grew over seven years to include early education, childcare, parenting policy and extended schools. She then spent a year as the Secretary of State's Chief Adviser on Children's Services. Her last three years before leaving the civil service were as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force.

She is currently Independent Adviser on Poverty and Inequality to the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.

Convenor: Dr Janet Goodall

Lecturer in educational leadership and management at the University of Bath.

Janet has researched and supported parental engagement in children's learning, through work with government bodies, schools, charities and local authorities over many years. She has published widely on the subject, in both academic and popular literature, most recently with "100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Engaging Parents", which was published in November 2018 and "Narrowing the Achievement Gap - Parental Engagement with Children’s Learning" which was published in 2017.

Live stream

Please note, if you're unable to attend in person you'll be able to access a live stream of the two key note speeches during the event. You can bookmark the link in advance.

Who should attend

teachers, school leaders, governors, trustees, practitioners, parents and carers who support children’s learning


The Edge is a dedicated arts, education and events space on the University of Bath campus and the Re-imagining Parental Engagement event will be held in the Ensemble Room on the second floor. There is a lift if needed for step-free access. Refreshments throughout the day will be provided.

Booking details

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