Parental Engagement

We believe that engaging parents in their child’s experience of the Schools Linking  journey is important and can make a big difference to the impact of the programme.

Engaging parents could be as simple as sending letters home, inviting parents to an assembly or sending a scrap book or journal home. The Linking Network team can support you if you would like to do more to engage parents or your local community. We’ve got lots of resources you can download and use. We also have lots of ideas to share from events and activities School Linking programmes from the National Network have already undertaken.

Have a look at our resources below or get in touch for more support.

Parental Engagement Resource

A 2 page summary of the Parent Engagement activities which were undertaken by 6 areas of the National Network in 2018.

A Guide to Parental Engagement

A simple 5-step guide with ideas of ways to engage parents.

How to run a great Parent Linking event

A more in-depth guide of things to consider when running events to engage families

Parent Linking – case study – Kirklees

A case study of a fantastic programme, Carry My Story, led by colleagues from Yorkshire Spirit in Kirklees.

Parent Linking – Case Study – Pendle

Another case study of how colleagues from Building Bridges in Pendle involved local families in a great programme called Families Making Friends.

Kirklees Carry My Story

Resources for using in school

Linking Assembly for Parents (Word)

Prepared assembly which can be held at school with parents of the linking class invited.

Linking Assembly for Parents (Power Point)

Powerpoint version of above.

Letter for Schools for Parents V1 (Word)

Permission letter for parents which gives an overview of the Schools Linking Programme.

Letter for Schools for Parents V2 (Word)

As above but slightly different version.

Homework Sheet for Families – Hopes and Dreams (Word)

Homework sheet for pupils to interview 2 people about their hopes and dreams. Pupils can ask someone at school.

Lesson – Journey Stories Written by Parents (Word)

These stories have been written by children from Clayton CE Primary School and Lidget Green Primary School Bradford for their Schools Linking Project on the theme of ‘Journeys’.

Primary Linking homework activities

These homework activities are a great way to get parents and carers involved with the Schools Linking work that is taking place in school. Each activity has been carefully designed to explore aspects of identity and diversity so that conversations that are starting in the classroom can be carried on at home.

Family Engagement Mindmap


Names Homework v1

Names Homework v2

I wonder, we wonder

Identity Bag

Family Stories

Family Recipes

Family Games

Hopes and Dreams

Feel Proud