Conference to Focus on Engagement of Families and Communities with Education

Posted on 26 May 2015

The Wales Centre for Equity in Education (WCEE) is to host a conference, next month, which focuses upon the engagement of families and communities with education.

The conference, which takes place at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on Tuesday 16th June, will unpack current policy developments, explore evidence from research and hear from leading practitioners. The event is expected to bring together school leaders, policy makers, voluntary organisations and others working in the field of family and community engagement from across Wales.

The Welsh Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis AM, will address the conference and will be launching the Welsh Government guidance for schools on family and community engagement. The guidance comes as a result of recommendations put forward in ‘Re-writing the Future’, the Welsh Government strategy for addressing the impact of poverty on education – a document which has family and community engagement as one of its key priorities.

The conference will also be addressed by Professor David Egan from WCEE and Alan Dyson, Professor of Education at Manchester University. The event will be chaired by Chris Waterman, Executive Director of Investors in Families.

There will be key contributions from innovative schools and communities, and a range of workshop sessions including: restorative approaches, school and community partnerships, the role of family engagement workers, effective parental engagement, and time-banking.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please email or visit

WCEE was set up by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and University of Wales. It represents a commitment by the universities to develop policy, applied research and innovative practice that will contribute to improving equity within the Welsh education system.


Notes to Editors
For more information, or to interview a representative from the Wales Centre for Equity in Education, please contact Steven Stokes, Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer, on 07872 423788 or email


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