This project aimed to provide learning not just for George Street Primary School, but also for teachers, school council, education planning policy and community organisations.
It explored strategies that would enable sustainable engagement and learning opportunities for parents at the school whilst creating a supportive environment for both parents and students. The research found a more effective approach than addressing parent education levels in isolation was to provide parents with skills to become more involved in their children’s learning. This would additionally provide awareness of the type of parenting style and attitudes that were most likely to influence the children’s success. The significant learning and experience that arose out of this project including how to accommodate individual agency priorities and constraints is an important outcome in terms of how to build community capacity.
This Fellowship was awarded to Denise Fenwick, Principal at George Street Primary School located in Hamilton, working together with RMIT University and the Southern Grampians Adult Education.