Bridging the gap: Can parents and schools really work together?

Bridging the gap: Can parents and schools really work together?

In our fast-paced world, parents play a crucial role in shaping their children’s lives, ensuring their well-being, and supporting their cognitive development. However, are schools effectively engaging parents across the board? Join us on this podcast as we delve into the challenges faced by parents and schools in creating a strong partnership.

Gain valuable insights into the perspectives of children regarding parental involvement in key areas, including homework and aspirations. Additionally, we delve into the parental perception of their child’s learning experience and the overall school environment. In our exploration, we shed light on the concerning increase in persistent school absences and the alarming rates of poor mental health among school children.

How can we empower both parents and teachers?

How can we ensure they feel appreciated and supported in their vital roles?

Prepare to be inspired as we uncover the challenges, explore innovative solutions, and lay the groundwork for a positive and impactful parent-school partnership.


  • Cristina Odone – Head of Family Unit at CSJ (Host)
  • Lord Watson of Invergowrie – Former Labour frontbencher on education and Vice Chair of the APPG on parental participation
  • Mei Lim – Director at Reach Children’s Hub
  • Lee Elliot Major OBE – Professor of Social Mobility at University of Exeter.
  • Angela Dickinson – Chair of Parenting Circle
  • Ben Gilchrist – CEO of Caritas Shrewsbury

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