For any school to be able to function properly, parent involvement is essential.  The atmosphere or climate at the school should be such that parents want to be involved.




  • To promote academic growth
  • To promote communication between educator, learner and parent
  • To promote insight into the circumstances at the school
  • To build the connection between the educators, learners and the community
  • To cultivate a feeling of cohesion
  • To market the school at the institutions
  • To help with the educatioin of the leaner, in  order for them to become prepared for the demands and challenges of life
  • To promote a sense of community and helpfulness
  • To eliminate negativity and promote positivity
  • To promote knowledge of the latest developments in education




  • Helping with fund raising efforts organized by the school
  • Voluntary delivery of services related to their professions when specialised help is needed
  • Helping with sports coaching
  • Helping with supervision at school when teachers are absent
  • Accompanying educators and learners on educational excursions in order to assist with discipline
  • Helping with the development of a disciplinary policy for the school
  • Approving and adopting the school’s annual budget
  • Addressing and solving disciplinary problems together with all those involved
  • Organizing a clothes bank where school clothes can be purchased by parents at affordable prices
  • Maintaining the school grounds
  • Arranging invitations to functions and activities presented by the school




  • The latest developments in education
  • Dates for fund raising efforts, sports activities and workshops for educators
  • Academic performance and progress of learners
  • Insight into the school budget
  • Knowledge regarding the curricular and extracurricular programmes of the school
  • Names of staff members, especially new appointments
  • School rules:  the dos and don’ts




  • News letters in which important information is disseminated
  • Important notices or news regarding performance in the local newspaper
  • Parent evenings where parents visit the educator in the classroom to discuss the learners’ progress
  • Parent meetings where parents can also provide their input regarding specific issues
  • Letter book – in which parents should sign circulars or notices
  • Signing of the learner’s homework book or assignments
  • Addresses and contact telephone numbers of parents
  • Contact telephone numbers of educators for parents
  • Monthly planning:  calender with important dates and events
  • Quarterly planning




  • Evaluation instrument for parent involvement:
  • It is important to us that a good relationship between educators and parents should be established first.  This will help with the evaluation of parent involvement.
  • Parent involvement:  learners’ work
    • Educator should stay in regular contact with parents
    • Homework books should be signed by parents to indicate that parents check their children’s homework.  Parents may also comment in writing.
    • Educators should also regularly keep parents informed of learners’ progress.
  • Parent involvement:  meetings
    • An attendance list is kept by each educator, in order to see which of the learners’ parents are present.
  • Functions
    • If the educator knows his or her learners’ parents, he or she will be able to see which parents do not attend functions.