This paper reports findings from a study trip to England and the USA in 2011 to investigate how schools and education systems improve the engagement of students from marginalised or hard-to-reach families. The report describes successful strategies observed in a range of primary and secondary schools, most of which serve communities with high numbers of hard-to-reach families. Consideration is given to the reasons why some families and communities are estranged from mainstream education, including socio-economic factors, culture and religion. Special reference is made to the experience of Gypsy/Traveller students in English schools and to ways in which schools are using digital resources, particularly online learning environments, to bridge the gap between school and home.
Examples of good practice are discussed within a model of successful home-school partnerships drawn from the work of Epstein (2001) in the USA, Biddulph et al (2003) in New Zealand, and others. The experiences of English and American educators are compared to New Zealand settings and strategies, and the report seeks to give practical advice to teachers, school leaders, parents and community members who seek to improve the home-school partnership.
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