Together with Families Professional Learning – Years 7 – 12

Learning Focus
Start Date
17 Mar, 2023
Enrol by
10 Mar, 2023
Program Description

When schools work in partnership with families, learner outcomes improve. This multi-day online course will support participants to build their own, and other staff capabilities, to use family engagement strategies and build them into ways of working. This program is specifically designed to focus on young people and their families from Years 7 to 12, as it recognises strategies for engaging with families shifts as children become older. It is strongly encouraged that at least two representatives from a school participate in this program, including a member of the leadership team.

Program Outcomes

These online professional learning sessions will build participants’ understanding of:

  • Why partnering with families matters
  • Why families engage (or not) in their child’s learning in Year 7 to 12 contexts, and the role that staff play in this
  • The Dual Capacity Model
  • The neuroscience of partnering
  • Power and bias and the impact on partnering
  • Application of strategies to own settings
  • Barriers to family engagement in Year 7 to 12 contexts.

Participants will also have the opportunity to:

  • Share successes and progress, and collaborate with peers
  • Build skills in identifying what is hard and practicing how to address these issues directly
  • Re-design family engagement activities/strategies
Australian Professional Standards


  • Standard 6 – Engage in professional learning
  • Standard 7 – Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community


  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community
Location, Date & Time

The 3-day sessions will take place online. Participants are required to attend all sessions

The link to the meeting platform will be sent to participants prior to the session.

Term 1

  • Day 1 – Friday 17 March 2023 – 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • Day 2 – Friday 21 April 2023 – 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Term 2

  • Day 3 – Friday 26 May 2023 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm