DIGI-S.PA.C.E - The DIGItal innovative Strategies for PArental and Civic Engagement

About this project

The DIGItal innovative Strategies for PArental and Civic Engagement - DIGI-S.PA.C.E. project is a three-year (2019-2022) Erasmus+ project with the Create Partnership Trust, UK, and partners in Italy, Lithuania and Portugal.

The project pursues the following general objectives:

  • To prevent early school leaving, social exclusion and poor learning outcomes through a proactive parental engagement in the education life of the pupils.
  • To reinvent the approach to parental engagement by introducing innovative methods that include ICT tools, peer support, a whole-school differentiated strategy.

Researchers in the Education Department at Staffordshire University are responsible for evaluating the project. To date the researchers have conducted a needs analysis designed to ascertain precisely parents’ needs and the views of teachers and stakeholders, which will inform the shaping and development of the four Intellectual Outputs (IOs) and the project’s associated activities. The IOs comprise:

  • IO1 - Training kit for school staff and Parent Support Advisors
  • IO2 - Protocol for Parental Engagement
  • IO3 - Training kit to enhance parenting skills
  • IO4 - DIGI-S.PA.C.E. App

You can find more details about the project and its activities at the DIGI-S.PA.C.E. website.

Lead researcher

Dr Gillian Forrester

Associate Professor

Gill leads the Professional Doctorate in Education

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Associated researchers

Dr Jim Pugh

Director - Inst. Of Ed. - Assoc Prof.

Jim Pugh is Head of Education here at Staffordshire University. He's worked in education for his entire career, from inspiring young learners as a primary school teacher to leading the development of education students and academics at Staffords…

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Ruth Hudson

Associate Dean - Recruitment

Ruth's research interests explore parental bereavement in childhood, professionalisation of the Early Years workforce and technology to enhance teaching and learning. She is a member of Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network.

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Collaborators and funding

The DIGI-S.PA.C.E (DIGital Innovative Strategies for Parental and Civic Engagement) is led by CREATE Partnership Trust, in partnership with Agrupamento de Escolas da Mia (Portugal), Etiudas Kindergarden ( Lithuania) , St Thomas’s International School (Italy).

The project is supported by Ponto PR (technical support), Staffordshire University and the Home of Psychological Ideas (research and evaluation partners) and ProMETEUS (QA partner) representative of 4 EU countries (UK, Italy, Portugal and Lithuania).

Co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme.

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