Episode 21: Vic Goddard: Looking beyond the school gate: engaging the community
How to Use Parents to Improve your School
If you watched Channel 4’s fly on the wall documentary, Educating Essex that followed a group of GCSE students, and the staff who taught them, then you certainly will remember the infectious enthusiasm of Vic Goddard, the Principal of Passmores Academy.
Vic has a strong ethos of serving his school community, which hasn’t always been easy! In one story, Vic reveals how an evening with parents to celebrate their child’s catering success and sample their culinary delights turned to disappointment, when parents failed to attend and show their support.
Faced with the challenge of engaging the parent community, Vic and his team set about working the problem! Vic shares how serving the community beyond the school gate requires evolution, not revolution. Together Vic and I discuss how Passmores Academy has worked to engage their student and parent community, but also how they have sponsored struggling primary schools in their local area, to provide them with guidance on how to improve literacy levels and grow community engagement.
- Strategies that lead to willing parent engagement and participation
- Employing marginal gains theory to enhance pedagogical approaches
- Allowing young people to fail in order to progress
What evolutionary pedagogy and strategies are you using? Share your thoughts with us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Educational Resource
How successful head teachers survive and thrive – four phases of headship, five uses of time, six essential tasks, seven ways to hold onto your sanity
The Best Job in the World by Vic Goddard – this is a book about running a school, about the purpose of education and about becoming a leader.
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