Research shows that family engagement has a positive impact on many aspects of student achievement, including lower drop-out rates. Parental involvement has been associated with positive change in learning outcomes. A high level of parental support can sometimes even compensate for a disadvantaged socio-economic background.
Family engagement has three broad aspects:
- partnerships between schools, families and communities;
- awareness raising of the importance of parental engagement in a child's education; and
- providing parents with the skills that are necessary to become involved
When it comes to parental engagement, both school- and home-based activities should be taken into consideration: parental expectations and support of the child’s learning are essential as well as a school climate that values parental input.
 Emerson, L., Fear. J., Fox, S., and Sanders, E. (2012). Parental engagement in learning and schooling: Lessons from research