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Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on children’s learning and development. A stimulating home environment that encourages learning as well as parental engagement in school activities is crucial for a child’s cognitive, social and emotional development.

Building family-school partnerships and engaging parents as learning partners from the early years is therefore essential to improving children’s and young people’s development. Research shows that a multidisciplinary approach, with involvement of parents, children, teachers and professionals from the local community is key to resolving behavioural problems of school children. 

The course, therefore, aims to support school practitioners in reaching out and working effectively with parents to ensure students’ success at school, and later in life. It addresses a range of areas where school practitioners can build positive relationships with parents and engage them in the learning of students. Throughout the course, participants will develop an activity in one of the areas explored in the course which they can implement in their classroom or school in order to facilitate more effective parental engagement.

 Join us via social media on Facebook and via Twitter using #engagingparents

List of modules

Course Introduction

Start date: 25/09/2017 13:00

End date: 01/11/2025 16:19

Module 1: Why Engage Parents in School? Module 1: Why Engage Parents in School?

Start date: 25/09/2017 12:00

End date: 01/11/2025 23:59

Module 2: Communicating and Sharing with Parents Module 2: Communicating and Sharing with Parents

Start date: 02/10/2017 13:00

End date: 01/11/2025 23:59

Module 3: Involving Parents in Educational Activities Module 3: Involving Parents in Educational Activities

Start date: 09/10/2017 11:00

End date: 01/11/2025 23:59

Module 4: Supporting Family Learning Module 4: Supporting Family Learning

Start date: 16/10/2017 14:00

End date: 01/11/2025 23:59

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 25th September 2017


The course consists of 4 modules. The expected workload is about 3-4 hours a week. The course lasts 5.5 weeks from 25th September to 1st November.

Target audience

The course is targeted primarily at classroom teachers but is also relevant for school leaders and administrators. Parents and community actors are also welcome to join the course and contribute to the discussions and exchanges but should be aware that the main activities will be less relevant for them. 


You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.

Course Moderators

Benjamin Hertz
Nair Carrera
Rosa Luisa Nóbrega da Silva Gaspar