3.2 Understanding why some parents and carers decide not to be ‘partners’
Partnership between parents/carers and practitioners include sensitively formulating what is envisaged for the partnership, and listening to parents’ and carers’ views, reactions and wishes. But what might lie behind parents’ and carers’ seeming lack of engagement with practitioners? Activity 7 asks you to think about this in more detail.
Activity 7: Reasons for a lack of engagement
Based on what you have learnt on this course and your experience as a governor, note down five reasons why a parent or carer may not be able to fully engage with practitioners and the school community.
There are many reasons why a parent or carer may not engage with practitioners or the wider school community. Each parent/carer will have their own individual circumstances and reasons. The list that follows is not exhaustive; your list of reasons may include additional points, or points that are specific to your school:
It’s a long list – and provides examples of only some of the reasons for a lack of engagement or failure to turn up to meetings.