Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Leading parental engagement initiatives

About this Illustration of Practice

The teachers at St Gabriel’s engage with parents and the community as part of the teaching and learning culture of their school, and use online resources to collect parent feedback. There is a strong emphasis on connecting learning at home with learning at school. The teachers develop relationships by  sharing classroom teaching strategies with parents for example around literacy and numeracy. Parents are also involved in authentic assessment. Early career teachers assist the development of a strong culture of communication through the use of online tools, while being supported by the more experienced teachers.

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.
Other descriptors
Standard 6
Engage in professional learning
Focus area 6.3
Engage with colleagues and improve practice
Career stage
Implement professional dialogue within the school or professional learning network(s) that is informed by feedback, analysis of current research and practice to improve the educational outcomes of students.
  1. What strategies can you model to engage parents and carers?
  2. What whole-school strategies to engage parents and carers might be applicable in your setting?
  3. How do you support your colleagues in engaging with parents and carers?
St Gabriel’s School
South Australia
Year level
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Year 2
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Year 4
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Year 6
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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St Gabriel’s is a Catholic primary school catering to many families from non-English speaking, as well as English-speaking, backgrounds.
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