Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Supporting reading at home

About this Illustration of Practice

The Head of the Junior School leads and facilitates an information evening for the parents of students enrolled in the school’s kindergarten program. They are initially introduced to how the school teaches reading and language. Parents are then provided with some approaches to assist their child to read at home. The emphasis is on building a relationship with the school so that appropriate questions can be asked when parents need assistance.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.7
Engage parents/ carers in the educative process
Career stage
Initiate contextually relevant processes to establish programs that involve parents/carers in the education of their children and broader school priorities and activities.
Other descriptors
Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.3
Engage with the parents/carers
Career stage
Identify, initiate and build on opportunities that engage parents/carers in both the progress of their children’s learning and in the educational priorities of the school.
  1. How do you involve parents/carers in the educative process of their child’s learning?
  2. What has been a successful program you have initiated or driven in your school to engage and involve parents in the education of their children?
Learning area
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
St Philip’s Christian College, Port Stephens Campus (Primary)
New South Wales
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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In 2011 the school implemented a kindergarten program for pre-school age entry students. The ‘Little Saints’ program is in its second year of operation. The Head of the Junior School is also a practicing teacher and recognises the importance of both informing and involving parents in the education of their children. This parent information evening is provided to enable parents to support student reading at home to complement classroom learning.

Content provider
Association of Independent Schools NSW

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