Parent Engagement in Career Education Case Studies

Summary Report: Parent Engagement in Career Education Case Study

Undertaken by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), this project seeks to identify and share examples of good practice across Australia of effective strategies in engaging parents and families to support their children in career education.

These written case studies will present innovative, place-based solutions to career guidance approaches that demonstrate effective engagement between schools, young people and their families in exploring a range of potential career pathways.

Funding for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Education in response to a suite of recommendations identified by the National Career Education Strategy (NCES) Working Group.

Parents and families play a pivotal role in the career choices for young people. This project aims to gather and distribute examples of approaches undertaken at a curriculum or state/territory level, within school-industry-community partnerships, and/or within single schools that reflect current knowledge of good practice as highlighted in the existing literature.

Case Study 1

Hunter River High School - Pathways in Technology

The Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) program is a federally funded pilot program promoting education and industry partnership in providing high school students with pathways to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related tertiary education qualifications and occupations. It is targeted at Years 10-12 students.

Supporting video 1

Hear from the school principal, Deb Dibley; teachers, Rob and Warwick; and parents of participating students about family engagement and the P-TECH program.

Supporting video 2

Hear from Liana Nadalin, Partnership Officer, about the importance of family engagement in the program.

Case Study 2

Liverpool Boys High School - Passion Projects

Initiated in 2018, Liverpool Boys High School utilised the Passions Toolkit, developed by Australian Learning Lecture, among a selected Year 7 class.

Supporting video 1

Hear from Michael Saxon, School Principal, about how passion projects aim to engage students more fully in their own learning and why including parents and families is important.

Supporting video 2

Hear from Sonia, a parent, about her son and his peers’ experiences with the passion project.

Case Study 3

Timboon P-12 School - Timboon Agriculture Project (TAP)

The Timboon Agriculture Project uses a partnership model to incorporate applied learning experiences into the classroom. Initially funded by Dairy Australia's regional development program WestVic Dairy in 2012, the project was implemented as a response to student disengagement and perceived disconnect between the school and community.

Supporting video 1

Hear the Principal, staff, TAP Coordinator/Learning Broker and parents talk about why the TAP was implemented, and the observed impacts of the project to date.

Supporting video 2

Hear students, parents, staff and business owners talk about their involvement in TAP activities and projects.

Case Study 4

University of Tasmania  - Parents Matter Program

Initiated in January 2016 and coordinated by a University of Tasmania project team, this program aims to raise Tasmania's Year 12 completion and post-school education and training rates by targeting parents in disadvantaged communities.

Supporting video 1

Hear from Marcel Kerrison, Project Coordinator, about why the Parents Matter Program was introduced.

Supporting video 2

Hear from parents about how the program helped them and other parents in their community have career focused conversations with their children, and why it's important to have these conversations.

Case Study 5

St Luke's Catholic College – Project-based learning

St Luke's Catholic College in Marsden Park, Sydney, has applied a multi-faceted approach to enable students to explore their interests, strengths and aspirations. The curriculum is structured to provide project-based electives and the application of a Pathways course, in addition to the employment of life coaches to assist students from Year 7 onwards.

Supporting video 1

Hear Greg Miller, School Principal, talk about the vision of St Luke's Catholic College and the role of parent engagement.

Supporting video 2

Hear parents and Year 7 students talk about the Pathways program and its role and potential impact on future career and education decisions.

Supporting video 3

Hear Greg Miller, School Principal, speak about student-led conferences.

Supporting video 4

Hear the Pathway teachers and life coaches speak on their role in Pathways, and what makes it an innovative approach to career development and learning approaches more broadly.

Case Study 6

Lyneham High School - Pathways program

Lyneham High School was nominated by the ACT Education Directorate (the Directorate) as a strong example of the implementation of Pathways Planning, an initiative of the Directorate that is available to all ACT schools. Lyneham High School has embedded the Pathways Planning into their curriculum for Year 9 and 10 students, available through the Work Studies and Pathways Planning elective subject, and to all students through Pastoral Care sessions.

Supporting video 1

Hear from the school career practitioner and principal about how Pathways engages students and provides them with a framework for career conversations.

Supporting video 2

Hear from students on what they get out of Pathways and it supports them in career conversations with parents and other adults.

Supporting video 3

Hear from the school career practitioner and principal on building collaboration with parents and families and ongoing challenges in this area.

Case Study 7

STRIDE - Parents as Career Transition Support (PACTS) Program

The PACTS program is run by Stride.  It is delivered nationally and comprises a set of three workshops designed to facilitate discussion and develop confidence and skills in parents to support their child through in school and post-school options. This case study focuses on the implementation of the program at Narre Warren South P-12 College, conducted by the Multicultural Education Aid (MEA) among the parents and families of students from Afghan backgrounds (comprising close to half of the school's population).

National Careers Institute

Future Ready is part of the work being done by the Australian Government's National Careers Institute.