Learning together: national action plan on parental involvement, engagement, family learning and learning at home 2018 – 2021

Sets out a vision for parental involvement and engagement from pre-birth to age 18 and takes account of national and international evidence base and Scottish education system expertise. Provides a national vision but allows for local and community innovation and flexibility.

Appendix D

"Parental involvement, parental engagement Is" Quotes

In drafting this plan the Scottish Government sought a series of quotes on parental involvement and parental engagement - short lines that encapsulate what the terms actually mean. Many of the quotes are contained in the main body of the plan. This appendix provides further quotes. The Scottish Government and CoSLA would like to thank the parent organisations, headteachers and individual parents who their suggestions. We would like to extend a particular note of thanks to Parent Network Scotland for providing a large number of the quotes.

Parental involvement is…

Parental engagement is…

"communicating with my children and my children’s teacher about everything that might affect my children"

"parents’ participation in any activity related to their children or any activity related to them as parents"

"getting involved in parenting activities at home, at school, in the community …"

"including parents at every stage of decision making and review to ensure they are fully involved in the process."

"respecting and taking on board parents’ thoughts and feelings whilst providing feedback and reasoning for any alternative options considered.

"working in partnership and reducing the power differential between facilitator/practitioners and parents."

"partnerships that forge the future"

"active engagement in children’s learning and daily life"

"making sure children are supported to engage in activities they are interested in doing"

" ensuring that parents understand their crucial role in their children’s learning"

"developing the skills, tools and confidence I need to help my children learn"

"being committed to my role as a parent"

"being present as a parent"

"interacting with my children"

"family time, playing games and having fun together."

"having good relationships with my children"


"talking to and listening to your children. Understanding their needs and encouraging them to grow and develop by being the best role model you can be"

"taking time to be with your children. Playing with them and being aware of their needs as well as your own"


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