The Four Pillars of Parental Engagement

Empowering schools to connect better with parents and pupils

By: Karen Dempster , Justin Robbins


Size: 222mm x 182mm

ISBN : 9781781353950

Format: Paperback

Published: August 2021

Availability: Forthcoming

Shares practical solutions relating to school–parent engagement and communication based on insights gathered from some of the hardest-to-reach parents.

In this groundbreaking book, Justin Robbins and Karen Dempster offer a unique approach to the holy grail of parental engagement for the 21st century. Rather than setting it as a separate activity, they consider parental engagement as a planned, sustained and integral part of the whole-school approach: an approach which starts with the school vision and positions parents and schools equally as fundamental to student learning.

The authors share a broad perspective of parental engagement – encompassing both traditional approaches and the use of technology – and examine the challenge through their four-pillar model of knowledge, environment, culture and communication. They recognise that before any school can expect parental engagement as a ‘given’, there must be knowledge of the what, why, when, where and how concerning effective interaction – and in this book they cover all bases, providing a toolkit of tried-and-tested approaches and strategies to choose from.

After all, the evidence shows that when families engage with the school’s vision and provision, it is the children that ultimately benefit.

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Karen Dempster

A highly experienced communication expert, Karen Dempster is co-founder of Fit2Communicate, a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communications and a certified DISC personality profile practitioner. She is passionate about raising the standard of communication in all schools in order to support better student outcomes. Prior to 2015, Karen spent 20 years in marketing and communication roles. She is also a professional photographer and lives in Surrey with her husband, son and collection of pets.

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Justin Robbins

Justin Robbins co-founded Fit2Communicate in 2015 and is an experienced communication expert, a Fellow of the Institute of Internal Communications and a certified DISC personality profile practitioner. Prior to 2015, Justin spent 15 years working in corporate communications around the globe ' and he is passionate about making a difference for future generations, primarily through helping schools to communicate. Justin is also a British Triathlon level 3 coach and lives in Wiltshire with his wife, two children and chocolate Labrador.


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