Australia’s national education evidence body
Engage with families to support students' learning

Overview

There is a great deal of evidence that families play a critical role in their child’s learning. Family engagement is important throughout all stages of schooling, but strategies may look different at different stages. 

Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Family engagement for learning is related to Focus Area 3.7 and Focus Area 7.3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Australian Professional Standards for Principals

Family engagement for learning is related to 'Professional Practice 5 Engaging and working with the community' in the Australian Professional Standards for Principals.

Research

AERO has produced practice guides on this topic, tailored to different contexts. 

A4 landscape booklet cover and page spread for the AERO family engagement in primary school practice guide

Primary school practice guide

This guide makes recommendations based on the best available research evidence about how primary school teachers and leaders can engage with families to bring about improvements in students’ learning outcomes.
A4 landscape booklet cover and page spread for the AERO family engagement in secondary school practice guide

Secondary school practice guide

This guide makes recommendations based on the best available research evidence about how secondary school teachers and leaders can engage with families to bring about improvements in students’ learning outcomes.
 Two A4 paper sheets with a list of references from an AERO research paper

Annotated reference list

An overview of the research evidence cited throughout our family engagement practice resources.
Two A4 paper sheets with the AERO family engagement brief methodology

Brief methodology

This explainer describes the process we followed to synthesise the available research evidence on family engagement to create the family engagement practice guides.
Three A4 paper sheets with the AERO family engagement detailed methodology

Detailed methodology

This detailed methodology describes the processes we followed to synthesise the available research evidence on family engagement for learning.

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