Understanding the value of parental engagement through pupil voice in a Scottish Primary School

Toni Cameron, Joan Mowat, Paul Adams

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Schools strive to respond compassionately to disadvantaged families. However, barriers to authentic home-school relationships persist because the concept of parental engagement at home is not well enough understood. Socio-cultural stereotyping still contributes to schools' fixed impressions of what parental engagement should consist of, and the abilities of disadvantaged parents to support their children's learning. This qualitative case study provides new and unique insights into learning at home. A child-centred study was undertaken in a small Primary school, in a deprived area of Scotland, exploring the importance of home learning with young children. The findings indicate the young participants had an acute understanding of the significance of home learning for their ongoing and future development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalEducation 3-13
Early online date25 Oct 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Oct 2022


  • parental engagement
  • family learning
  • home-school partnerships
  • child-centred research
  • pupil voice
  • visual methods


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