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“The subject matter at the event will be of particular interest to senior teachers working in Bradford’s primary schools,” says Judith.

“However, all teachers are welcome to attend because as well as providing specific guidance, the roadshows provide a fascinating snapshot into the vibrant research community at work here in the city.”

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Research roadshow puts parents in the spotlight

RSNLogo_FullColourTeachers from across Bradford can hear about the latest evidence-based parental engagement techniques at one of a series of targeted research roadshows across the city.

The twilight event, at Westminster C of E Primary School from 4.30pm on 17th June, is one of a series of professional development sessions run throughout the academic year by Bradford Research School.

Featuring speakers from the Educational Endowment Fund (EEF) and Bradford Opportunity Area (OA), it will provide an overview of the latest research findings around engaging and involving parents in the education journey. It will also set out details of the OA’s planned £500,000 investment around working with parents in some of the city’s most disadvantaged areas.

“Parents play a critical role in supporting their children’s learning, and we know that good parental engagement is consistently associated with better academic outcomes,” explains Judith Kidd, Head of Dixons Teaching Institute, which hosts the Bradford Research School.

“Yet it can be difficult to involve all parents in ways that support their children’s learning, especially if their own experiences of school weren’t positive. So the idea of the roadshows is that people come and hear a curated synopsis of the latest evidence around this critical area of teaching.”

“The event is more than just a talk - it’s a chance to hear from people who understand the detail of the evidence base and have first in depth knowledge of the approaches that seem to have the strongest evidence behind them.

“We’ll also be focusing on the work that the OA are doing around Bradford, because there are a couple of really exciting projects currently underway, such as a scheme to recruit more than 100 ‘parent champions’ from particular communities to help engage parents who lack the confidence or skills to support their children’s learning.”

Using core content from the EEF guidance report ‘Working with Parents to Support Children’s Learning’, the roadshow will offer practical recommendations on four key areas:

  • Critically reviewing how to work with parents
  • Providing practical strategies to support learning at home
  • Tailoring school communications to encourage positive dialogue about learning
  • Offering more sustained and intensive support where needed

“The subject matter at the event will be of particular interest to senior teachers working in Bradford’s primary schools,” says Judith.

“However, all teachers are welcome to attend because as well as providing specific guidance, the roadshows provide a fascinating snapshot into the vibrant research community at work here in the city.”

Register now for the event

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“The subject matter at the event will be of particular interest to senior teachers working in Bradford’s primary schools,” says Judith.

“However, all teachers are welcome to attend because as well as providing specific guidance, the roadshows provide a fascinating snapshot into the vibrant research community at work here in the city.”

Register now for the event

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