Topic:  Working together: Parent researchers – Professor Yvonne Hillier and Mandy Curtis

Resources: You can download the slides.

Session Summary: The presentation will provide findings from the Parental Engagement Project commissioned by East Sussex County Council in collaboration with 24 schools to support the raising of achievement for pupils in receipt of Free School Meals. The project was conducted through engagement with parents as parent researchers. The methodology was selected in partnership with the Council and participating schools. Analysis and evaluation were provided by the University of Brighton in partnership with 18 Hours Ltd.

Biography: Yvonne Hillier is Professor of Education in the Education Research Centre. She was Chair of the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) and is co-ordinator of the London and South East Region Learning and Skills Network, (and founder member of the national network). She has researched issues of teaching and learning in post-compulsory education including basic skills practice, national vocational qualifications, initial teacher training, and work based learning.

Mandy Curtis’ research experience includes: PhD studies in Human Geography; Evaluation of the skills and economic impacts of the Creative Industries in Hastings; Baseline assessment of public cultural engagement in Hastings; and Evaluation of the Media Enterprise Centre at the University of Brighton. She is currently analysing the third phase of the Parental Engagement Programme. Mandy is Director of 18 Hours (external link).

Who might be most interested: Academics, practitioners, researchers, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people and service users.

Key Reading: Hillier, P (2011) Education Research Project. University of Brighton, Community University Partnership Project
Hillier and Curtis (2012) Parental Engagement Project 2012 – Phase 1: East Sussex County Council

This session took place on Wednesday 15 October 2014.

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