“Stepping up as a leader in my school community has helped me to become a role model for my children, establish networks to help the school and has provided great experiences to connect our families at school. I have developed great working relationships with my children’s teachers and the school leadership team.”
State school parent leader.

Research from across the globe has resoundingly proven that children’s learning outcomes increase exponentially when families and whole communities work together. Source

In 2008 the Australian Federal government endorsed a framework acknowledging the power of families and school communities working together, enriching student learning and well-being.

Leadership in the community

Parents, caregivers, school teachers, grandparents, family members, foster carers, coaches, business leaders and mentors… anyone who intends to make a positive contribution to the lives of children in state schools.

According to the Australian Family-School Partnership framework, the core principles of family engagement are:

  • parents and families are the first and continuing educators of their children
  • learning is lifelong and occurs in multiple settings
  • partnerships, schools and school communities flourish when the diversity and strengths of families are valued and leveraged
  • community engagement expands responsibility and resources
  • partnerships grow from mutual trust, respect and responsibility
  • partnerships need committed, collaborative and creative leadership.

Source: Family-School Partnerships Framework


The Australian Family and School Partnership Framework have articulated seven key dimensions that frame relationship and partnership building:

  • communicate
  • connect learning at home and school
  • build community and identity
  • recognise the role of the family
  • consult on decision-making
  • collaborate beyond the school
  • participate.


You may be asked to join a Principal Selection Panel, which helps to assess the right principal for your school in the instance of a vacancy.

See here for more information

How do I get involved?

The Australian Parent Engagement Network is a key component of the Parent Engagement Project.

The Network offers a virtual space for people passionate about engaging families in their children’s learning and education. Network members include researchers, educators, parents, policy-makers, community organisations and others interested in parent engagement in children’s learning.

Membership of the Parent Engagement Network is free, and offers the opportunity to contribute expert input and feedback on ARACY’s work on parent engagement nationally. As a member you will have access to blog posts, newsletters, webinars and ongoing opportunities for conversation and collaboration through social media. See more


Learning Potential has hundreds of articles on all aspects of your child’s learning and development, from the early years to the end of high school.

Browse by the categories or enter a topic in the search box. All the content is also available on the free Learning Potential app – download it on the App Store or Google Play.

If your child is in primary school, the complementary Learning Potential Resources website has great ways you can reinforce the skills your child is developing in the classroom.


The Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau was also established in 2008. A joint initiative of
ACSSO and APC, its purpose is to share promising practice, conduct research and provide practical
support and advice to parents, principals, teachers and other education stakeholders.

On raisingchildren.net.au, you’ll find reliable and scientifically validated information and resources to support you in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after your own needs. The website is growing all the time and covers a broad range of up-to-date parenting topics.
Parents creating a budget on a laptop computer

For a positive, fun and nurturing experience of sport, parents must remain positive, regardless of the result, and stay realistic in their shared expectations to avoid putting pressure on the child. You can greatly assist your child’s development through your engagement with your child’s coach, by providing a strong and positive role model and upholding integrity and respect. Read these top 10 tips for parents to nurture and support their child’s sporting development.

Source: Australian Institute for Sport

Creativity is so important in education and for wellbeing in life. (Source: Creativity in education)

Here are some links to creativity for youth in Qld:


For children aged 13 to 18 years and interested in art & design. Come along to the Gallery’s program just for teens. Hear from artists, develop skills through hands-on workshops and socialise with like-minded teens in this program developed just for you.

Digi Youth Arts

Digi Youth Arts is a not-for-profit arts organisation that shares the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

Youth Touring

Youth Touring continues the Queensland Arts Council legacy of over 50 years of touring arts experiences that ignite creativity and imagination, and allows access to quality performances for Queensland students far and wide.