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


SEND, Pupil Premium & parents

21 November 2018

The overlaps between Pupil Premium and SEND are clear and present in all schools. SENCO Garry Freeman looks at the crucial first step to all tailored provision – identifying needs – and also discusses working with parents and carers


Social media and school communication

14 November 2018

It is an area that still divides professional opinion – to what extent should a school use social media? Sally Jack discusses the positives and the pitfalls, and offers some advice to school leaders


Parent-school meetings: Ensuring successful outcomes

3 October 2018

In SecEd this year, Daniel Sobel will be tackling common problems and questions when it comes to supporting vulnerable pupils in school. In his first article, he looks at the challenges and secrets to successful parent-school meetings


The parental view of Scottish education

30 August 2018

A new parental involvement action plan hopes to better involve families in school life. Sam Phipps talks to the National Parent Forum of Scotland about the plan and its other priorities for parents and education


Parent communication: Building their trust

13 June 2018

Chantry Academy has re-evaluated how it communicates with its parents in a bid to raise levels of engagement. Headteacher Craig D’Cunha discusses how to engage parents on their terms



Meeting the parents: Advice for school leaders

31 January 2018

When parents demand a one-to-one meeting with the headteacher it can often signal a difficult conversation on the horizon. John Rutter offers some tips to handle such situations


Engaging with parents to support children’s learning

22 November 2017

Engaging with parents can have a notable impact on progress and attainment, especially for disadvantaged students. Nicola Michael describes her recent work to help parents support children’s learning


Leadership: Start as you mean to go on…

6 September 2017

As the new academic year begins, what priorities should school leaders focus on in the coming weeks? Experienced former headteacher Dr Bernard Trafford advises


Parental engagement: Some ideas and approaches

24 May 2017

Parental engagement is key to successful student outcomes. Steve Burnage discusses some ideas and practical approaches to involving all parents and carers in their child’s learning and welfare

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