Ysgol y Foryd is the name of a school in north-east Wales that was highlighted in an article, published at the beginning of March, which reported how the school integrates families and empowers parents. At this school,
“Families have a say in the way school is run, through a parents’ forum, and a family liaison office helps to improve attendance. There are also classes where parents come in to work alongside their children, on anything from computer skills, to crafts or health eating.”
This pro-family engagement policy is in keeping with the Welsh government which has launched a campaign called ‘Education Begins at Home.’
This parent-engagement approach has been very successful:
The infant school says pupils whose parents play an active role in the learning perform at a level higher by the end of the Foundation Phase, at age seven.
Parental engagement is effective and like Wales is doing it should be encouraged. When it comes to education, we should #TrustParents.