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Parents’ Involvement in their Children’s Learning



Pen Green Research, Training and Development Base,
Rockingham Road, Corby,
NN17 1AG
United Kingdom

This course is for all those working with children, either in the school system or early years sector As this is a strengths based approach it is suitable for all those working with children with SEND.

This is professional development which offers you an opportunity to work in an evidence based way, improving outcomes for children and families. This course is run over two separate days, with some project work undertaken between days one and two.   The first days training consists of developing a learning community alongside your fellow participants. You will then have an opportunity to reflect on your own attitudes and beliefs in relation to working with parents, prior to being introduced to the following frameworks:

  • Well-being (Laevers, 1997)
  • Involvement (Laevers, 1997)
  • Schema (Athey, 2007)
  • Pedagogic Strategies (Pen Green 2015)

During the first study day you will spend time operating on video vignettes in relation to each of the frameworks, and engaging in small group discussions with other participants.

You will leave the first training day ready and prepared to undertake a child study, alongside a family. You will share video footage of their child, filmed whilst they were deeply involved in their play, and consider their learning in relation to the frameworks above.

The second training day  (April 20th) is an opportunity for you to reflect on your own learning and to share your experiences of undertaking a child study with your course participants. You will spend time considering the benefits of this way of working, and you will consider how to embed it organisationally.

Through undertaking this course you will increase your knowledge of theories and frameworks that are useful to share with parents. This will enable you to work collaboratively with parents of the children you work with, thus improving outcomes for those children and their families.

“Parental interest in children’s education enables some children to ‘buck the trend’ and do well despite disadvantage” (Blanden, 2006)


‘Informative and moving videos, loads of really practical information. Good variety of learning experiences and a very good level of professional dialogue’.

‘Really well delivered in a way that made it easy to see how this can be easily added to and embedded into the work that we already do’.

This is a two day professional development course.


£300 per person

To book your place on this course please complete the booking form and return it to us at pengreenenquiries@northamptonshire.gov.uk