To devise innovative approaches to tapping the ‘funds of knowledge’

Aim

To devise innovative approaches to tapping the ‘funds of knowledge’ that parents and families have about their children, your pupils.

Evidence and reflection

Leave on one side the procedures you already employ within existing school frameworks for parental involvement such as parents' evenings, 'open' days and school reports. Instead construct procedures for an ideal ‘fantasy’ information exchange with parents and carers and perhaps also with other key members within your pupils’ families and communities.

Extension

Ask parents to keep a record of the comments that their child makes about school and make a time when such information can be shared with you. This can be especially helpful when children start at a new school.