Building stronger communities: a key element in improving student attainment? A review of current literature.
University of Leicester
Family and community involvement in schools is strongly linked to enhancing students’ entire lives through improvements in academic achievement, better school attendance, behaviour and school discipline. This article explores how establishing community links can enhance students’ learning experiences. It considers the need for community partnerships in schools, highlights a number of barriers to the development of these partnerships and briefly examines related UK legislation. It concludes by arguing that establishing and maintaining meaningful and sustainable links in a coordinated and strategic manner is a key factor in improving students’ academic achievement, their attitudes and behaviours, their social capital, and their general outlook towards school, family and their community.
Keywords: community involvement, partnership, links, barriers, legislation, policy