5.4. Partnerships: Community organisations and civic society
Building effective relationships between schools and the community at large can have an important effect on the quality of learning. These relationships may also change the community and structural factors that promote educational inequality. Libraries, youth and sports clubs, local NGOs and other community organisations which gather learners and their families around a wide range of recreational activities and support access to learning opportunities and wider services, can develop partnerships to reinforce the bonds between schools, families and learners. This may be particularly helpful for parents and families from disadvantaged backgrounds or for those parents who have had negative experiences of school in the past.