Schools and Families Working Together

  • Sep
    Tue, 10 Sep 09:30 AM - Tue, 10 Sep 12:30 PM in Brunswick
    Register25 places remaining
  • Oct
    Tue, 15 Oct 09:30 AM - Tue, 15 Oct 12:30 PM in Dandenong

Research indicates that student outcomes are enhanced and schools are more effective when families are engaged in their child’s education. Schools are becoming increasingly aware of the need to strengthen support for families from refugee backgrounds, as they navigate their way through the unwritten rules of Australian school life. This workshop will explore what family engagement means, and showcase current good practice, strategies and examples from schools successfully engaging families from refugee backgrounds.

The workshop will engage those working in and with schools and consider opportunities for schools to enhance social inclusion for newly arrived families within the school environment.

Content includes:

  • Exploration of family engagement and its impact on student outcomes;
  • A school’s role in supporting recovery through engagement of families of refugee background;
  • Strategies schools are employing to enhance family engagement within a whole school approach; and
  • An exploration of a social inclusion framework.


Participants should have completed ‘School’s in for Refugees’ or ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeking Experiences’ or equivalent.

If you have considerable experience working with people in schools from refugee backgrounds and wish to apply for an exemption for the pre-requisite, please contact Greg Gow via email:

Suitable for

Anyone working in schools with young people and families from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.


Foundation House Schools Support Program is able to provide a professional development program to teachers and those working in and with schools through the support of the Department of Education and Training. There is therefore no charge to participants for this workshop.
Morning tea included.