Effective engagement with parents and carers can positively impact pupil behaviour, attendance, and academic outcomes, according to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). On the contrary, poor engagement can lead to an increase in complaints from parents and carers. Since the pandemic, home-school support is more important than ever for more vulnerable pupils, such as those from disadvantaged backgrounds or pupils with SEND, who have been disproportionately impacted by school closures. Under the new Education Inspection Framework, Ofsted seeks to understand how schools engage with parents about the education that is provided, highlighting the need for schools to connect with parents and carers proactively and meaningfully, creating a unified front to support all pupils.

  • Effective parental engagement can lead to learning gains of +3 months over the course of a year, as suggested by evidence from the EEF
  • Children who regularly complete homework have better school outcomes than children who do not, according to the EEF
  • 85% of parents want to play an active role in their child’s education, yet only 57% of parents feel listened to at school level, according to Parentkind
  • In 2023, Ofsted received 14,900 complaints about schools, almost a 25% increase on the previous year

Join us at Engaging with Parents and Carers in Schools 2024 to hear the latest for improving parental and carer engagement in schools. High-level keynotes will offer expert insights on guidance and evidence-based strategies for engaging with parents. Learn from a range of exemplary case studies covering various topics including handling school complaints, co-producing school policies and working with parents to improve behaviour. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues working in the education sector to share common challenges.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading experts working to improve parental and carer engagement
✓ Best practice guidance on engaging with parents of pupils with SEND and disadvantaged students
✓ Networking opportunities with speakers and senior colleagues from across the education sector
✓ 4 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including education and ALL CPD certified

 Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Dr Janet Goodall, Professor of Education and Head of Department of Education and Childhood Studies, Swansea University (invited)

  • Keynote: Evidence-Based Approaches to Ensure Highly Effective Parental and Carer Engagement

    • Guidance on critically reviewing how the school currently works with parents and carers
    • Providing parents and carers with practical tips on how to support learning at home
    • Adapting school communications to encourage positive dialogue between families and pupils
    • Advice on improving pupils’ metacognition and self-regulated learning skills to support home learning
    • Strategies for generating continuous parental engagement as a pupil transitions into secondary or further education

    Stuart Mathers, Head of Evidence Mobilisation, Education Endowment Foundation (invited)

  • Keynote: Developing Robust School Strategies for Engaging with Parents and Carers

    • Guidance on identifying and overcoming barriers to effective engagement with parents and carers
    • Outlining methods of parental engagements and strategies for implementing these in practice
    • Consulting with parents and carers to create school policies and adapt curriculum content
    • Using digital channels to communicate key updates and information with parents and carers
    • Tips for developing parent-teacher associations to encourage positive relationships with parents and generate school funding

    Siân Lewis, Head of Parent Participation, Parentkind (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Best Practice for Handling Complaints to Improve Relationships with Parents and Carers

    • Developing a robust complaints process and procedure to ensure parental concerns are addressed swiftly and effectively
    • Tips for ensuring clear communication and timescales with parents and carers when investigating a complaint
    • Mediation: working in partnership with councils to resolve complaints that have been escalated
    • Advice on managing and responding to unreasonable and persistent complaints from parents and carers

    Jo Dymond, School Effectiveness Advisor, Devon County Council (invited)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Breakout Networking: Co-Producing School Policies with Parents and Carers: What Works Best

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your organisation’s approach to developing school policies in collaboration with parents and carers. Discuss common challenges, solutions and share best practice approaches.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Engaging with Parents and Carers to Reform Behaviour Management and Pupil Mental Health

    • Incorporating parental engagement into pastoral support and safeguarding procedures: key tips
    • Supporting parents and carers to establish routines and manage disruptive behaviour at school and home
    • Signposting the parents or carers of children struggling with mental health issues to support services
    • Sensitively engaging with the parents of pupils who have exhibited a change in behaviour to identify root causes
    • Working with families who are new to the school to ensure their children settle in seamlessly

    Jo Maillet, Family Engagement Lead, Cathcart Street Primary School (invited)

  • Case Study: Enhancing Home Learning to Improve Academic Outcomes for Disadvantaged Pupils

    • Tips on gaining buy-in from parents and carers for behaviour and academic interventions at home
    • Implementing effective communication channels and feedback loops between teachers, parents, and students to optimise home learning support
    • Strategies to ensure children from disadvantaged families have access to the resources needed for home learning
    • Monitoring areas of low parental engagement and following up to develop an effective home-school partnership

    David Scott, Assistant Headteacher Raising Standards and Pupil Premium, St James Cheadle Catholic High School (invited)

  • Case Study: Building Effective Home-School Partnerships to Improve Support for Pupils with SEND

    • Conducting parent meetings to establish the needs of pupils with SEND and tailor support
    • Strategies to ensure clear and consistent communication with the parents and carers of pupils with SEND
    • SEND transition: using virtual meetings with pupils and families to ease the switch to secondary school
    • Collaboratively developing personalised education plans (PEPs) for pupils with SEND, involving parents, teachers, and specialists
    • Providing training and resources for parents and carers to better support the learning needs of pupils with SEND at home

    Rhian Williams, SENCO, Henley Bank High School (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals from across the education, local government and voluntary sectors.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision makers from across the sector
 Meet your target audience
 Listen and Learn from leading experts from across housing associations and local authorities
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside industry leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

Insert or Chair Drop:

  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

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  • Public Sector: £260.00+VAT
  • Voluntary Sector: £425.00+VAT