Parental engagement

You can play an active role in your child's education

As a parent, it’s only natural that you’ll want to take an active role in your child’s education. At GEMS, we actively encourage parents to engage with their child’s learning and are leading the way by introducing a parental engagement strategy into all our schools.

What does the research say?

Research has shown that the single biggest reason a child does well at school is the support of parents who take a real, active and consistent interest in their child’s education at home. The research suggests that a parent who is actively and consistently engaged in their child’s learning can add the equivalent of two to three years of additional education over their school career. This is precisely why we’re so keen to promote the importance of parental engagement.

Every parent has something to offer

Conversation is at the heart of positive parental engagement. It’s not necessarily about sitting with your child and helping them with their homework. Every parent, regardless of their culture, language or experience, can talk to their child and show an interest in their learning. By asking questions, listening and encouraging you child with praise and direction, you can reinforce learning and become an active partner in the educational process.

At GEMS Twickenham Primary Academy

Local Advisory Boards

Each GEMS Learning Trust school has its own Local Advisory Board to provide independent advice and guidance to the Principal of each school, regarding educational and community matters. Parents will be asked to join the Board on a formal basis, and to share their views with the Principal and Senior Team, once per half term.

Find out more about the GEMS Twickenham Local Advisory Board here.

Parent Forum

We encourage parents to set up a forum for discussion of educational issues relating directly to the school, and to pass on parents' views in regular meetings with the senior leadership team.

Annual Parent Survey

Views of all parents are sought every year and reported back to governors and parents. The Principal uses this information to refine whole school strategic development plans.

Parent Teacher Association

We actively support the formation of a Parent Teacher Association, developing the role of parents as leaders and representatives, as well as providing structured opportunities to involve parents in decision-making and fundraising for the school.

If you are interested in joining our PTA please do contact our School Office on 02030196196.  The office staff will give you the contact information of our PTA Chair who will be able to explain the committee structure and how vacancies for class representatives are filled.