Problematising conceptions of “effective” home-school partnerships in secondary education


This conceptual study seeks to understand parent and teacher perceptions of “effective” home-school partnerships across three secondary schools in England, before problematising these normative understandings. Currently there is little research into home-school partnerships at a secondary level in the UK, and the policy environment is anaemic. To aid the possible direction of future research, six themes are reported from in depth case studies with three schools chosen due to a reputation of good practice. These findings create four principles of perceived effective home-school partnerships: relationships, community, pastoral support, and supporting learning at home. We then problematise these principles and suggest key areas for future research and practice, particularly around the ethics of the relationship with parents, and constructing parents as “co-educators”.


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Parent-teacher, Home-school, Partnership, Secondary School


Hart, P., Bracey, O., Oliveira, G. and Paul, S-A S. (2022) Problematising conceptions of “effective” home-school partnerships in secondary education, Educational Studies,


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