An agreement drawn up by the school's governing body, in consultation with parents and the head teacher, setting out a statement of the school's values and aims, and the role and responsibility of parents and carers in supporting these by ensuring that their child meets the required standards in respect to behaviour, attendance, and the completion of homework. Parents and carers are requested and encouraged to sign the agreement, although doing so is not a mandatory requirement. The main purpose of the agreement is to improve standards of behaviour and attainment, and to encourage and enhance cooperation between school and home. The agreement became a requirement for all schools under the provision of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. There is so far insufficient evidence to confirm whether the introduction of the agreement has had any direct impact on the level of parental cooperation.
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/parentalinvolvement/hsa/ Explains the purpose of home–school agreements, and provides links to case studies.