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Parent & Community Engagement

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), in partnership with the Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network (QIS Parents Network), is committed to elevating and enhancing parent and community engagement in independent schools.

What is Parent Engagement and Why is it Important?

Parent engagement is deeper than simply involving parents in school life, through reading groups, tuckshop duty and fundraising events.

While these activities help build school culture and community, which is critically important, more than 50 years of national and international research shows students do better academically, socially and emotionally when parents are interested in their child’s learning and help continue and extend it through conversations, questions and support at home.

School culture and student learning thrive when parent engagement:

  • features in the school’s strategic priorities
  • is linked to the school’s mission
  • is led by the school principal
  • is embraced and enacted by staff at all levels.

There are 10 dimensions of parent engagement. Assess your school's performance against the checklist while learning more about parent engagement.

Parent Engagement in Practice Workshop

ISQ and the QIS Parents Network are currently finalising a Parent and Community Engagement Strategy to provide more strategic support to member schools in this important area. 

To gauge the level of sector interest in parent engagement, ISQ held an introductory workshop with leading Griffith University-based researchers on parent engagement, Dr Linda Willis and Professor Beryl Exley. About 40 independent school staff from 30 schools attended the workshop, confirming its prominence in current and future school improvement agendas.

Access the workshop presentations and resources.

Expressions of Interest

Schools that did not attend the workshop but want to learn more about parent engagement, funding opportunities for school-based research and future ISQ-QIS Parents Network initiatives are invited to register their interest with Shari Armistead, Director (Strategic Relations) - or call 07 3228 1515.


There is a wealth of research literature, reports and papers on parent engagement.

A good place to start is the recently released The Parent Engagement Implementation Guide (2020) by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY). The guide is the culmination of a four-year research project funded by the Australian Government.

Intrigued to dive deeper? Visit the Queensland Independent Schools Parents Network “For Schools” section for an extensive range of articles and resources on parent engagement.


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