Parental engagement

Free school meals uptake: Removing the barriers

8 June 2021

There are still a number of barriers that put children and families off applying for and taking up free school meals. Georgina Burt advises on how schools can remove some of these barriers


Wellbeing in schools: Common questions from parents

31 May 2021

The Schools Wellbeing Partnership works with parents to help them choose a school based on their record on mental health. Parent champion Michelle West considers some of the common questions that schools can expect from parents


How to ensure online parents’ evenings are effective

11 May 2021

One of the most popular innovations during Covid has been the move to online parents’ evenings, but principal Daniel Locke-Wheaton says they require careful handling if they are to prove an effective and permanent alternative



How to handle criticism on social media

15 March 2021

Many schools are now using social media to reach out and engage with their community, but it can also open us up to criticism and unfounded allegations from parents and others. Stephen James advises on how to handle these tricky situations



Ideas for working with hard-to-reach families

3 February 2021

Every school will have some families with which it is difficult to engage, and often these are the families of our more vulnerable learners. Dr Pooky Knightsmith looks at why this might be and offers some practical ideas


Lockdown teaching and learning: A quick guide for families

19 January 2021

Feeling daunted by the return to remote teaching? In this two-part series Sara Davidson and Sean Harris look at some of the basic research-informed principles that can help teachers and parents to navigate learning at home. In part two they offer advice for parents/carers


What should remote education look like in your school?

11 November 2020

What is remote learning? What isn’t it? And how are schools approaching it? Tom Middlehurst takes a practical look at what school leaders and teachers can and should be doing to fulfil their legal and moral obligations this term and beyond


RSE and parental consultation: Getting it right

4 November 2020

Parental engagement and consultation is a vital component of effective relationships and sex education. Leah Jewett offers her advice to secondary schools on RSE delivery and parental engagement


Remote learning: How to handle objections from parents

28 October 2020

Whether you have individual pupils self-isolating, or groups of pupils learning from home, you may come across objections from parents about the remote learning you are providing. Ciara Lamb looks at some potential concerns and how we might respond




Coronavirus: Home-schooling – advice for parents

24 March 2020

Schools are supporting home education via setting work and linking families to resources. However, why not also offer parents some basic teaching advice and tips for the facilitation of learning. Sean Harris explains


SEND: Meeting with parents and carers

26 February 2020

The SEND Code of Practice requires schools to involve parents in decision-making about their children’s education. Garry Freeman considers how teachers and others can hold effective, impactful meetings with parents/carers


Setting up a parent council in your school

12 February 2020

One way to improve parental engagement, involvement and communication in your school is via a parent council. John Jolly from the charity Parentkind explains more and offers some tips


Parental engagement and communication

1 October 2019

Parental engagement can be easier said than done, but there are a number of simple techniques and approaches that can work when building trust and relationships with parents. Al Kingsley explains


Meet the parents: Parental engagement for teachers

24 September 2019

Effective parental communication and engagement is a key ingredient for successful teaching and good outcomes. Dave Stephenson advises on how teachers can positively and constructively engage with parents to get them on board...


The parents who misuse and abuse social media

17 September 2019

The best way to deal with inappropriate social media use by parents is to proactively set expectations, and to be clear on how you will respond to incidents of abuse or misuse. Kaley Foran offers her advice, including on what you can do if an issue does arise


Getting parental communication right

18 June 2019

Less can be more when it comes to meaningful parental engagement. Sue Atkins advises on the importance of establishing good home-school communication from day one


GCSEs: A healthy approach

8 May 2019

Exam season is looming and many pupils will be feeling the pressure. Clare Stafford looks at ideas for offering emotional support in the run-up to and during the exam period



Three pastoral challenges: What would you do?

9 April 2019

Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel outlines three common pastoral challenges that he comes across in schools and discusses how he would approach each situation in order to achieve positive outcomes


Helping parents to protect their children

27 February 2019

Digital safety is a crucial responsibility for parents and schools. Terry Freedman looks at how we can support parents to keep their teenagers safe online


Mental health workshops for parents

6 February 2019

Many schools run wellbeing or mental health workshops for parents to help support children and families. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers her tips for organising effective and engaging events

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