Personalised school communication can improve children’s learning and attendance.

(Working with parents to support children’s learning: Guidance Report, 2018)

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)

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
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

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)

For supporting parents of younger children, encouraging the development of shared reading practices at home is an effective way to improve students’ literacy skills.

(Education Empowerment Foundation, 2016)

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

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

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


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

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

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

(The Conversation)

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

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)