Module-2 Early school leaving and the role of the family

4 students
Responsible Partner Stimmuli for Social Change
Name of the Module Early school leaving and the role of the family
Introduction of the Module While school is the basic institution for the education of young citizens worldwide, family is the first and possibly most significant ‘learning environment’ that can also determine the future development of the child. In this context, the role of parents and family for child’s cognitive and moral development is crucial. Moreover, family’s support during the school years of the child is also of outmost importance, while the background of parents appears to be a catalyst.

For instance, in a relevant longitudinal study that took place in Netherlands, findings indicated that for each additional year of parent education, the risk of the child for early school leaving decreases by approximately 7% (Traag and Van der Velden, 2011). However, it comes out that it’s not only the educational background of parents that plays a key role, but also their commitment to support their child and the parent engagement in school.

The scope of this module is to highlight the importance of the family in child’s development and the crucial role parents can play in the threat of early school leaving. Moreover, a special focus will be given in the families with not a good background (domestic violence, bad economic condition) and how the school can help the children and the families who face difficulties.

Aim of the module The aim of the module is to provide teachers and educators with useful methods and practices about how to develop a good collaboration between the school and families and how to support students that coming from families without a good background.
Learning Objectives Upon the completion of the module, the learner will be able to:

1) Demonstrate knowledge about the important role of the families in children educational development.

2) Understand the importance of collaboration between the school and the family for the good of students.

3) Describe different ways and methods on how to support students that coming from families with a poor or violent background.

Content of the module UNITS;

– Unit 1: School and the family

– Unit 2: Parents’ engagement in school

– Unit 3: Insufficient financial situation of the family and the role of the school

– Unit 4: Domestic violence as a barrier to academic performance


– Approaches to involve families in school

– Role model analysis


– Sample Questions for Parent Satisfaction Surveys


Level of usability and satisfaction


– Home School Community Liaison

– AFEV – support to fragile families through students-volunteers

– POTHOLES – parental engagement initiative in Ireland