Inquiry into engaging parents in their children's education
26 September 2013
Education and Science Committee
Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children
The Education and Science Committee has initiated an inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children, committee chairman Dr Cam Calder announced today.
“The importance of parental engagement in children’s learning is well documented in national and international research,” Dr Calder said. “For most children, their parents are the one constant factor throughout education from early learning to tertiary education, and the primary caregivers of a child have an immense impact on their learning and development. While the focus of this inquiry is on strengthening the role of parents and caregivers, it is also understood that this happens within the context of families, whānau, and aiga, and as such is an intervention that has the potential to improve the education outcomes of all children within a family system and within a community.”
The terms of reference for this inquiry are to
• investigate the elements of an effective strategy for engaging parents, families, whānau, aiga, and communities in education
• identify the best practice examples of approaches, locally and internationally, that support parents and communities to encourage their children’s learning
• identify ways to leverage the strength of communities to lift the educational achievement of children and young people in their community.
Submissions close on Thursday, 7 November 2013, and can be made online at http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/SC/MakeSub/ . Alternatively, they can be sent to the address below. If a submitter wishes to appear before the committee, they need to state this clearly and provide a name, daytime phone number and email address. Submissions generally become public and are published on the Parliament website. For further guidance on making a submission, read the publication Making a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee on the Parliament website, or contact the secretariat at (04) 817 9469.
Address for correspondence: Education and Science Committee, Parliament Buildings, WELLINGTON 6160.