Statistics focused on how parents are engaging with their children’s education.

– Reading to children 3-5 days per week (compared to 2 or less) has the same effect on the child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being 6 months older. (DEECD, 2012)

– Positive parental engagement can and does significantly influence student academic attainment. The specific positive impact appears to include higher grades and test scores, higher successful completion of classes, higher graduation rates, and a greater likelihood of commencing postsecondary education. (Emerson, 2012)

– Students with two “high involvement” parents, on average, enjoy school 51% more than students with two “low involvement” parents. (informED)

– Students with two “high involvements” parents, on average, get As 52% more often than students with two “low involvements” parents. (informED)

– A recent survey of 1,000 parents found that 83% of them couldn’t answer simple school science questions. (The Conversation)

– Having children start a new school is a source of worry for parents, with the biggest concern being whether their child will settle in and make friends quickly (86%). (Galaxy Research 2015, commissioned by

– Parents also worry about whether their child will enjoy the school (75%), whether they will do well academically (70%) and about building a good relationship with their child’s teachers (52%). (Galaxy Research 2015, commissioned by

– Children can be unreliable when it comes to relaying information from school and most parents (89%) have experienced communication issues. (Galaxy Research 2015, commissioned by

– Most parents (57%) have had occasions when their child forgot to pass on a note handed out by the teacher. (Galaxy Research 2015, commissioned by

– Around one in three parents (31%) think it is unlikely that their child would tell them if they were unhappy at school. (Galaxy Research 2015, commissioned by

– Most parents (76%) find some conversation topics difficult to discuss with their children and top of the list of taboo subjects is sex (50%). Other difficult conversation topics include puberty (34%), friendships with unsavoury peers (32%) and bullying (25%). (Galaxy Research 2015, commissioned by

– Many parents (46%) find it hard to break into established networks and meet other parents at school functions. Single parents (52%) and full time mums (53%) are most likely to acknowledge that they find it hard to break into established networks at school functions. (Galaxy Research 2015, commissioned by

– The world that the parents of our students grew up in is very different to that of 2014. In 1970, Australia’s population was 12,507,000. In 2014, it was 23,625,600. In 1970, the retention rate from Year 7 to Year 12 was 28%, whereas in 2014, the retention rate was 84%. In 1970, the total number of higher education students was 109,662, and in 2014 this was as high as 985,000. (PwC, Social Purpose Market Research, 2016)

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