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More active role for parents in Education



Fiona Bruce MP met representatives from Parentkind to discuss how to support parental engagement in education in Congleton.

Parentkind, previously known as PTA UK, is a national charity that champions the parent role in education and is the leading membership organisation supporting Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and other parent groups in schools nationwide, with over 13,700 member schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The charity currently supports 26 schools in the constituency with practical advice and information to help them support their school and work with them to give pupils the best opportunities for a positive education.

At the meeting MPs were informed about the benefits of parental engagement in a child’s schooling and how they can support constituents to get involved. Data from the Department for Education shows that parental involvement in a child’s education can have a more powerful influence on a student’s school performance than household income, family background or levels of parent education.

Fiona Bruce along with fellow MPs promised to promote the value and importance of parental involvement in education to help ensure children achieve their potential. Fiona signed up to Parentkind’s pledge which states:
“I consider the active participation of parents an essential ingredient in the success of our children’s education and I commit to supporting education policy that brings homes and schools together for the good of all children and society, where more parents are engaged in their child’s education in more ways."

Acting CEO Michelle Doyle Wildman said: “We are hugely encouraged that so many MPs have pledged their support to Parentkind’s mission. We look forward to working with Fiona over the coming months in our efforts to establish parental participation in schools as an essential part of school improvement plans and positive outcomes for every child.”

Fiona Bruce MP said:
“The evidence shows that parental involvement is incredibly important in a child’s education, more important than household income or family background. I congratulate the work of Parentkind and their members in supporting our children’s education and encourage parents and carers to find out more about how Parentkind can support them and what they are doing in your local area, please visit https://www.parentkind.org.uk/.”
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Parentkind is working with PR specialists The PHA Group. For further information, please contact the Parentkind press office on 01732 375 477 or via email at parentkind@thephagroup.com
About Parentkind
Parentkind is the new name for PTA UK, and is the charity that champions parents so that they can participate in their child’s education and school life to the full. Parentkind is also the largest membership body of Parent Teacher Associations and other parent groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Parentkind works in partnership with Parent Councils UK providing training to teachers, governors and parents to build successful home-school relationships. For further information see www.parentkind.org.uk

Contact details: Fiona Bruce MP – 01260 274044 Fiona.bruce.mp@parliament.uk

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