Engaging Families to Raise Achievement

Helping children & young people be the best that they can be

Families - an essential resource in the learning process

Transforming learning and raising achievement
through engaging parents, families and communities

What we do

Welcome and thank you for coming to our website.
We hope you find what you are looking for, but please keep coming back, as the site is in its infancy and very much a work in progress! We plan to develop it as quickly as we can over the coming weeks, months and years!

EFRA is an organisation for all those who (passionately) believe in the crucial partnership between parents, families, communities and educators – in order to provide children and young people with the best possible opportunities to learn and develop and succeed in education and in life.

Children and young people’s learning is not the sole responsibility of educators.
Learning doesn’t just happen in school, it takes place everywhere and indeed long before children enter formal education. Responsibility for learning therefore has to be a shared task between home and school.

How we do it

If we want to ensure that every child and young person does as well as they possibly can do, then we need to develop thoughtful and positive partnerships, between parents, families, communities and schools, linked to school improvement goals.

Keep visiting if you are interested in finding ways to...


Develop and sustain family and community engagement.


Increase family support for learning.


Raise aspirations and help children and families achieve them.


Improve communication between home and school.


Raise achievement and attainment.


Improve behaviour and attendance.


Narrow the attainment gap.


Address Ofsted requirements.


Positively impact on learning related outcomes.

Extra Bits...

Members Area

A 'members only' area with downloadable resources to support your work with families:
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General Resources

Resources and publications to develop effective family engagement:
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I love this poem- hope you do too!

This beautiful poem perfectly captures the importance of a close working relationship between home and school.
I found it online- but can’t find who wrote it; nevertheless I just want to share it with you.

I dreamed I stood in a studio,
And watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a child’s mind,
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools used,
Were books and music and art.
One, a parent with guiding hands,
A gentle and loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled,
With a touch both deft and skilled.
The parent laboured side by side,
And all the values filled.
And when at last their task was done,
They looked at what they’d wrought.
The beautiful shape of the precious child,
Could neither be sold nor bought.
And each agreed it would have failed,
If one had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school,
And behind the teacher, home.