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Meet the parents: Parental engagement for teachers

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...

When asked what the hardest part of my job is, my answer is always the same – parental communication and engagement.
Communicating with parents is an aspect of teaching that is barely touched upon when training. Teachers are expected to know instinctively how to communicate with parents, often in difficult circumstances. This can be a source of much anxiety for practitioners.

Since taking up my post as head of year 7, the level of contact that I have with parents has grown exponentially. With almost 260 students in the year group that I oversee, their parents often see me as the first point of contact when communicating their queries or concerns.

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