Award in Engaging Families and the Community Within Schools

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 3 ECTS

Duration: 6 Sessions

Contact Hours: 15

Self Study Hours: 36

Assessment Hours: 24


Course Description

This module equips learners with knowledge, skills and competences to create effective school-family-community links. Educators and school management teams have to respect the social and emotional needs of students when engaging with communities and families within the educational structure. These three components (school, family, and community) are critical in shaping and influencing the student’s education journey. As professionals, educators need to acknowledge that parents, as well as other members of the community, have knowledge and experiences that can help and equip the child with further resources.

Engaging families and communities helps schools understand and learn about what students are exposed to and what they are learning at home, as families very often provide the first educational space a child encounters and this needs to be acknowledged. When a school includes families in its day-to-day activities and practices, it is helping to develop the skills of the parents, extending the school community to the wider community as well as breaking down the barriers which may hinder the educational journey of the student.

This module will help learners plan for effective collaboration, share the vision with the students’ families and engage communities within the school’s day-to-day running.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree (MQF 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent). 

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Demonstrate understanding that families and communities are the first and continuing educators of the students;
b) Propose class-based and school-based activities which strengthen school-family-community links.


a) Systematically understand key aspects of engaging the family and the community within schools as well as the need for continuous parental involvement;
b) Comprehend the diversity of families and use this as a resource to build stronger partnerships;
c) Appreciate school-family-community partnerships which are based on mutual responsibility, respect and trust.


a) Initiate effective school-family-community communication;
b) Manage projects which involve school-family-community engagement and recognise the role of every member in building the school’s as well as the student’s identity;
c) Assess communication channels with families-community as well as ways in which the school interacts with families-community and address any gaps.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.  

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1) School Learning Support Program (2010), Positively engaging parents accessed 28th December
2) Hanover Research (2014), Effective Family and Community Engagement Strategies Prepared (2014) accessed on 27th December
3) Advancing Partnerships – Parent and Community Engagement Framework (undated) accessed 28th December

Supplementary Reading List

1) Epstein, J. (2016). School, family, and community partnerships. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
2) De Carvalho, M. (2001). Rethinking Family-School Relations: A Critique of Parental Involvement in Schooling. Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
3) Hornby, G. (2011). Parental involvement in childhood education. New York: Springer.

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