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2016 Parents in Education Week

A parent’s attitude, values and behaviours are the most important influence on a child’s early learning, development and educational outcomes. When you are positively engaged in your child’s education, they are more likely to do better and stay in school longer.

The 2016 Parents in Education Week was held from 12-15 September 2016 as a collaborative cross sector statewide education approach to parent engagement.

A range of renowned international and national childhood and learning development experts provided practical tips and easy to use strategies for parents to support their child’s learning at every age and stage.

Information sessions were held at 4 key locations and streamed online.

The sessions were recorded and are now available to view on the DECD YouTube Channel or by clicking on the sessions titles below. The recordings will be available until late December 2016.

2016 Parents in Education Week - recorded sessions

Session Presenter Age range*
Helping you to get involved in your child’s learning in the early years Dr Margy Whalley Parents of children 0 to 5 years old
Understanding the mysterious world of teens at home and at school Kirrilie Smout Parents of secondary school children (13 to 18 years old)
Discussing views on childhood: the role of education, schools, parents and the community Minister Susan Close and guests Parents of children of all ages
Understanding your child’s development and learning Jodie Benveniste Parents of primary school children (5 to 12 years old)
Unlocking your child’s genius Dr Andrew Fuller

*Age groups are a guide only.

Host a site webcast

Education, care and health, professionals (including DECD sites and NGOs)  who work with parents and carers may choose to host a locally-run webcast. The recorded sessions provide a useful resource for facilitating positive learning and engagement between parents and their children.

Ideas from these sessions  are relevant to each professional’s own practise in the classroom and across a  range of environments.

Download the following documents to support hosting a locally-run site webcast:

  1. Planning checklist (PDF, 354KB)
  2. AV/IT requirements (PDF, 277KB)
  3. Site event invitation (DOC, 101KB)
  4. On the day checklist (PDF, 354KB)
  5. Evaluation form (PDF, 165KB)

About the speakers

Dr Margy Whalley

Founder of the UK based ‘Pen Green Centre for children and their families’ and author of ‘Involving Parents in Their Children’s Learning’, Margy helps parents and communities understand child development in the early years and how to improve outcomes for children.

Kirrilie Smout

A clinical psychologist and Director of Developing Minds Psychology, Kirrilie works with children, teenagers and their families. Kirrilie also helps schools, staff and students learn about stress management, study skills, motivation and coping with difficult times.

Andrew Fuller

A clinical psychologist, researcher and author of a number of books for parents and teachers, Andrew works internationally and nationally with schools and communities to improve the wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

Jodie Benveniste

Jodie is a psychologist, Director of Intuitive Parenting, parenting speaker and author of four parenting books.  She helps parents identify what is most important in their parenting and how to support children to be their best.

Event partners

The 2016 Parents in Education Week is brought to you by the Department for Education and Child Development, in partnership with Catholic Education South Australia, the South Australian Independent Schools Association, and the Australian Early Development Census team in the South Australian Department of Education and Child Development.

Thank you to the 2016 Parents in Education Week steering group members for their advice and contribution as part of this cross sector event:

  • Parenting SA
  • The Federation of Catholic School Parent Communities
  • South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association (SASPA)
  • South Australian Primary Principals’ Association (SAPPA)
  • South Australian Association of School Parents Clubs (SAASPC)


Parents in Education Week

Phone: 8303 1660
Email: parentsinedweek [at] sa.gov.au