Teachers often comment that the parents they most want to speak to have least contact with the school. There are many reasons why families' participation in schooling may be low-from difficulties with English to pressures of work - but there is consistent evidence that all parents are acutely interested in their children's education and want to know how to help. Parents are a child's first and most enduring teachers, and they create home environments where children spend much of their waking lives. Their involvement has an impact throughout children's school careers.
In Engaging 'Hard to Reach' Parents, Anthony Feiler emphasizes what schools can do to facilitate the communication process, rather than adopting a 'blaming' or 'deficit' view of families. Real-world case studies of initiatives that promote effective cooperation between parents and teachers are presented, allowing readers to learn about successful strategies rooted in practical experience. Feiler highlights the particular benefits of home-school collaboration in circumstances that are challenging, and focuses on tactics that schools can adopt in order to better engage with so-called 'hard to reach' parents. By supporting the drive for stronger relationships between schools and the communities they serve, this book makes an important contribution to the development of inclusive education.