Effective parent-practitioner partnerships in children’s secondary education

Olena Gundarina, Peter Hartl, Gisela Oliveira, Shirley-Anne S. Paul , Education in the North

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This paper presents results from a qualitative case study project into effective strategies for fostering parent-practitioner partnerships in secondary education in England. It discusses the nature of a true ‘community partnership’ as a dialogic and productive partnership as opposed to a more common ‘information sharing partnership’. In doing so, the paper demonstrates that effective partnerships engage parents, teachers, school staff, but also students to develop a ‘three-way-partnership’ (parent-student-teacher), making the schools more welcoming places. Finally, the authors argue that schools should find out about and share the values that are important in their communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalEducation in the North
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2020


  • parent-practitioner partnership
  • secondary education
  • parental engagement
  • parental involvement
  • community partnership


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