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Janet Goodall

Dr Janet Goodall is a lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Bath.  She has been involved in research around parental engagement in children's learning for the past decade, and has written widely on the subject, working with a variety of schools and organisations.

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Janet Goodall

Are parents ever hard to reach?

Dismissing parents as unavailable or uncooperative will never help schools to foster better engagement. If we want them to get involved, there has to be trust! Whenever I’m working with schools to improve parental engagement, I’m invariably asked the question: ‘What do we do about the parents who...
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What works for engaging parents?

From posters in the playground to bacon butties, schools are likely to find new ways to bring parents on board if they're given time to think creatively. We’ve recently completed a yearlong project with 34 local schools in the Wiltshire local authority. The aim was to improve these schools'...
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