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To promote Home-School-Community partnerships to enable children to attain the desired outcomes of education
To actively reach out and encourage parents and community to work together with schools to help children learn better
To act as MOE’s first public audience for feedback on policies and programmes, in particular on issues concerning parent and community support for schools
To provide a forum where best practices on collaborative efforts of home, school and community are surfaced and propagated
a person with an
in something, especially a business
Default Definition:
(Oxford dictionary)
In Education Context:
Stakeholders are group of people/organisations who have
that are link to the
of schools
Community and Parents in
Support of Schools
Within School Walls
What are their roles? ◦
Serves in an advisory and voluntary capacity to support school programmes, functions and activities
-when is their participation required?
Offers sponsorship and helps the school raise funds for developmental, infrastructural and enrichment activities to benefit students and staff
Except literal academic issues, management committee could be ake useful in many aspects.

When are they needed?

◦Usually involves when unbiased decisions for the schools are required. Such as employment or otherwise. Financial matters.

When do they get involved?
why are they important?
Provides links and encourages networking between the school on the one hand and the community, industry and parents on the other for mutual benefit and quality education

Acts as role model of active citizenship for students

◦Provides moral support and encouragement to the Principal and staff

When is their participation?
-General Administration
- assists the School Principal in financial, personnel, estate management and general administration of the school.
-He / She will supervise a pool of junior officers to ensure the smooth operation of the school.

What are their roles?
Acts as a facilitator to equip schools with resources and to empower school leaders with the autonomy to partner stakeholders effectively
Supports principals and teachers to do an excellent job

Why are they important?

Supports teachers in helping their students achieve the Desired Outcomes of Education (DOEs).
Collaborates with schools to formulate effective policies and practices.
Sets the strategic directions for the schools.
Examples: Setting up the different scheme

What are their roles?
Alumni are ex-students who return
to help their school, they carry with them the credibility of having been part of the school, and having succeeded in spite of the similar challenges that face current students.They also provide industrial connections for valuable work.
Alumni could refer to the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre’s (NVPC)

Act as mentors and role models to students in the school
Offers scholarships and bursaries to students and teachers

How can they contribute?
Volunteering in the school
Raising funds
Private Business / Organisations

Fulfill their responsibility as an
active builder
of their own learning instead of being passive receivers of the education system. (Refer to Desired Outcomes of Education - DOE Diagram; students are supposed to achieve the attributes listed there by the end of their formal education)

Desired Outcomes of Education - DOE

When is their participation?
Daily, in school and out of school. Without the students, schools have nothing to strive for.

Why are they important?
Students are the reason why there is a need for a better education system, and also the reason why the ministry constantly improve the system to ensure their success through a holistic education.

"It takes a village to raise a child"

Wants the best for their child - website like
where parents discussed the best schools to enroll their child.

School encourages parents to get involved in school activities and planning.
What are your beliefs in teaching
Research shows that parental engagement is a powerful leer for raising student achievement in schools
Where teachers and parents work together to improve learning, the gains in achievements have been found significant and therefore, the school appreciates the role that parents can play as their partners-in-education
Roles of a 21st century teacher
Therefore, school often conducts parent meeting session joining the Parent Support Group (PSG)
Management Committee
In Classroom

Plays an important role in the bringing up of a child

Provide emotional support, close relationship/ contact with the student

Wants to bring out the best in their children
- enrichment classes, tuition, music/art lessons, sports

Some may overdo it, to make sure that their child is ahead of the rest

Outside Classroom
What are their roles?
Vice Principal / Vice Principals Administrators

What are their roles?
Ms Ho Peng, Director-General of Education

As a teacher and school leader, Care for both students and teachers is top priority.

- listen to the teacher’s voice
- care for their mental and physical well-being
- to equip and enable their professional growth and learning in order for them to carry out their mission
Principals are key to
- shaping and strengthening the traditions and ethos of the schools
- lead and inspire teachers
- work with parents and the community
- inspire a teaching fraternity, to nurture future generations, in order to lay strong foundations for our nation
- chart the directions that the school is taking, align with policy directions from MOE HQ
- attend to multiple demands from multiple stakeholders.
When do they get involved
- Principals are systematically appoint and rotate to allow schools to benefit from the infusion of fresh perspectives

- This also enables experienced Principals to share best practices in support of ‘Every School, a Good School’

Good Practices –Hougang Primary School
Engaging former students
Programmes like lion dance cca, math remedial, and drama club.
They even organize outdoor activites like kayaking expenditions up the mountain and camp
Challenges Faced
Mrs Janis Kok, Principal of Yew Tee Primary School, shared what her first day was like:
- Teachers were asking for advice on everything from how the Primary 1 students should be dismissed to when to have spelling tests
- Parents wanted to know if their children could be in a different class.

- Monitoring academic performance and conduct of students
- Take care of well being of staff
- The safety of students
- The efficient running of the school
How to overcome the challenges
- Make it a top priority to know the staff, students and parents

- Have regular dialogues to fosters understanding and trust

- To reflect on the most appropriate leadership approach
The Purpose of teaching
1) To touch lives

2) Ignite zeal for learning
- teaching is not only about imparting subject knowledge and exam-smart academically high-achieving students, it extends beyond simply teaching and learning in a classroom setting

3) Fuel hopes and dreams - Ms Seah Jiak Choo, Director-General of Education, Jan2007

The Importance of Teachers
- Instil character building
- Citizenry education in our students
- Nurturing pupils’ potential to the fullest so that they can realize their dreams and contribute back to the society.
- Reaching out to the students and imparting life skills to them so that they can find hope and grow with dignity

Quality teachers to provide quality teaching: 5 essential qualities:
1) Ethical Educator- demonstrates high professional standards of integrity and moral courage, and is a role model to students and colleagues. Collaborates with others to build an ethical climate

2) Competent Professional - develop new knowledge, skills and dispositions to lead, care and inspire. Also nurtures students holistically
Character and Citizenship Education
Broad-based and holistic education

1) Give students a broad range of experiences to develop skills and values that they need for life
2) Promotes diversity, choice and flexibility in education
3) To groom new generations of Singaporeans to take on new challenges
4) To create diverse paths for young Singaporeans to have more choices in education

Challenges Faced
Informally at home with their children, formally as a group in school (Parent Support Group). Also engaged through National Advisory Council, COMPASS (Community and Parents in Support of Schools)
When is their participation required/
When do they get involved
Why are they important?
Direct contact with their children (students), they help to monitor the students' progress (academic and character) even when they are out of school, and communicate with the teachers to ensure that the child is doing well
Video on parents engagement session
What is being done to engage them?
The National Advisory Council, COMPASS (Community and PArents in Support of Schools) was established in December 1998 to advise MOE on ways in which home-school community collaborations could be strengthened and promoted.

They conducted a Parents Engagement Session (PES) to get parents’ perspective on qualities of a good home-school partnership. In focus groups, the parents participate in activities and contribute their opinions.

In schools, Parent Support Groups (PSGs) are set up to discuss
educational concerns
on school programmes.

(PSGs) comprise of parents who meet regularly in their children's schools to engage in dialogue sessions with the principal and school's key personnel.

The PSG allows parents to have greater
in the school. Parents now have a legitimate
for giving constructive feedback to the school.

This creates a more
positive relationship
between parents and school and removes the possibility of misunderstanding.
How mother’s love and encouragement leads to Ze Xun’s success?
(Oxford Dictionary)

A group of people living together and praticing common ownership.
I will photoshop this image to talk about the different position in HQ
3 most Important factors to having the world’s best performing school systems
1) Getting the right people to be teachers
2) Developing them into effective instructors through continuous professional development
- committed to developing our professional skills and competencies
- aligning our personal goals to being the best teacher you can be
3)Ensuring that the system delivers targeted support to ensure the best possible instruction for every child
- McKinsey, 2007

relating well to parents and other caregivers
building synergistic relationship for learning with other external stakeholders

3) Collaborative Learner - able to collaborate with other teachers and experts to address professional concerns and challenges

4) Transformational Leader - builds trusting relationships among practitioners so that he leads and inspires his colleagues and enable students to learn and develop

5) community builders - able to collaborate with stakeholders to help
students develop into concerned citizens and active contributors to the nation

Address by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Education, at the 6th Teachers' Conference 2012, on Thursday 31 May 2012
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