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Want to get parents to discuss the changes taking place in schools?

The World’s Largest Parents’ Evening

Helsinki, Finland
The world is changing fast and so are schools. The goal of The World’s Largest Parents’ Evening is to share all the great things that are going on in schools and involve parents in this discussion.
Introduction

What is it all about?

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Finnish National Agency for Education
“In my view schools have two basic objectives: one is to bring the know-how and the cultural heritage of the previous generations to the next generations. Another task is to provide skills that kids need in the future. As we live in a time where the future is increasingly more uncertain, the role of the latter task will increase.”

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Finnish National Agency for Education

The world around us is changing rapidly. Today, school children are flooded with information and face more technology than the previous generations. That is why schools are constantly changing, but parents’ perceptions of school often date back to when they were there themselves. It may sometimes be challenging to find common ground for discussion between the school and home.

Co-operation between the school and home is very important for students. The World’s Largest Parents’ Evening aims to bring schools and parents together to discuss all the good things happening in schools and how to provide the students with the knowledge and skills needed in the future.

The main focus of the concept is to provide schools with good materials that can be used as such or applied to your local area. The World's Largest Parents’ Evening consists of three parts: a joint event in the school’s assembly hall, discussions in smaller groups in the classrooms and an open discussion for everyone.

The World’s Largest Parents’ Evening event team is responsible for gathering theme ideas, making a program outline and materials the schools can take advantage of. By organizing the event simultaneously in dozens or hundreds of schools, the current themes in education can be brought to a wider debate that the event team can also manage through its resources.

The World’s Largest Parents’ Evening was held for the first time in Finland in January 2017 and it gathered more than 20,000 parents in schools across the country to discuss the future of schools. The evening got a lot of praise both from schools and the parents.

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Innovation Overview
PARENTS
Target Group
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Children/Users
3
Countries
2016
Established
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Organisation
210
Views
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Video production equipment, website, human resources
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Innovativeness

The innovation offers a clear and structured model for a parent-teacher conference that guides parents’ discussion into a future-oriented direction.

Impact

Improving co-operation between homes and schools benefits parents, teachers and students.

Scalability

The actual work is done in the participating schools, so the resources required for preparation are quite basic.

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01
Assembling the event organizing team
Organizers in The World’s Largest Parents’ Evening should represent the education field broadly.
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Discussion topics and examples to be highlighted
The first task of the event’s organizing team is to decide on the themes that will be highlighted in the event.
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Program outline and materials
After choosing the themes and examples, you can move on to planning the program and materials.
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Opening registration and promoting the event
Opening the registration on time is crucial, because many schools plan their school year several months in advance.
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05
Making the videos
Videos are an essential part of the event's materials: they work as an introduction to the themes of The World’s Largest Parents’ Evening.
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Other material
Once you have completed the videos, you can prepare your other material.
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