Engaging EAL parents: strategiesUpdatedUse our practical strategies to engage effectively with parents who have English as an additional language (EAL). Help them become a part of the school community and provide support for them and their children.
Headteacher's welcome presentation to parentsUpdatedWhether you're a new headteacher or an existing head welcoming new parents, find out what to include in your welcome presentation and get advice on other ways you can introduce yourself to parents and pupils.
Home-school agreementsYou aren't required to have a home-school agreement. But if you still want one, read this article to see examples from other schools.
Home visits in the EYFSUpdatedFind out when and how to conduct home visits in the EYFS, with guidance and examples of how schools carry out visits.
How to make your holiday celebrations inclusiveFind out how to include pupils from all religious backgrounds, whichever holidays or festivals you're celebrating. Our tips will help you be respectful of other traditions and avoid conflict with parents.
Non-resident parents: sharing informationShould we share information about a child with a non-resident parent? We relay advice from the DfE and a law firm on parents’ rights to receive information about their child, and when schools should withhold information. This article includes definitions of ‘parent’ and ‘parental responsibility’.
Parental engagement strategies: advice and case studiesHow can we engage with reluctant parents? We relay expert advice on building relationships with parents and engaging with those who are harder to reach. You will also find case studies from 5 schools looking at different approaches, and ideas for reaching parents through the local community.
Parents having teachers' email addressesIs there guidance on parents having the class teacher's email address? We look at the pros and cons of allowing parents to email class teachers. We also look at ways of making sure it doesn't negatively affect the teacher's workload.
Parents refusing to be contactedWhat can we do if a parent refuses to be contacted? We look at the requirement for schools to hold parents' contact details, and relay advice on what a school can do if a parent refuses to provide them. We also relay advice on what to do if a parent refuses to engage with the school at all.
Relationships and sex education: consultation toolkitRequirements for RSE are changing. If you're updating your curriculum or policy and still haven't carried out consultations with parents, pupils or staff, we have tips and resources to help you get it done remotely.
RSE: handling objections from parentsThe new RSE requirements are a sensitive subject and you might have to field objections even after the consultation period has ended. Learn about the most common objections and how to handle them.
Stakeholder engagement strategiesHow do other schools engage stakeholders? We look at the strategies 2 schools are employing to engage stakeholders such as pupils, parents, staff and governors and link to training materials. You will also find further advice and resources for improving parental engagement and promoting pupil voice.
Welcome material for parents: EYFSAre there welcome handbooks for parents of children in the EYFS? This article highlights welcome booklets and packs for parents of nursery and reception age children. These explain school routines, the curriculum, and ways in which parents can prepare children for school and support their learning.
Written communication with parentsIs there guidance for schools on written communication with parents? We relay guidance on communicating with parents, and look at when information needs to be put into writing. You will also find advice on paperless communication, and examples of school policies covering communication.
Fundamental British values: information for parentsIs there a leaflet for parents on promoting British values? This article features a downloadable Parent Pamphlet on this topic. Schools can use it to inform parents about fundamental British values. We link to examples of adapted pamphlets and information about the Prevent strategy.
Head lice: communication with parentsHow should we deal with an outbreak of head lice? We link to guidance on how to respond to an outbreak of head lice, including advice on contacting parents. We also highlight examples of school procedures for contacting parents.
KS1 and KS2 SATs results: information for parentsDownload our Parent Pamphlet which explains how the results of KS1 and KS2 SATs are reported, and covers scaled scores. You'll also find examples of guidance for parents from the government and schools.
Ofsted reports: sharing the final report with parentsDo we have to provide a paper copy of our Ofsted report to parents? This article includes guidance from an Ofsted spokesperson on sharing the inspection report with parents. You can also see examples of letters from schools explaining how parents can access a copy of the report.
Parent pack templateGet your parents up to speed early this term with our template parent pack. Let them know about essential school information and where to go when they have questions so you can save time throughout the year.
Pupil social media use: advice for parentsIs there guidance for parents on social media? We link to advice for parents on how to ensure their child is using social media safely and appropriately. You will also find resources such as a leaflet, a slideshow presentation, a glossary of ‘teen speak’ and letters to adapt and send to parents.
Absence, attendance and punctuality: template letters to parentsUse our template letters to help you address attendance issues, including unauthorised absence and poor punctuality. See examples of letters from primary and secondary schools, and find out how to adapt your letters for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
Administering medicines: notification letters to parentsIs there a letter notifying parents that medicine has been given to their child? We link to examples of letters from schools informing parents that their child has been given medicine. We also link to a template form from the DfE and further guidance on administering medicines to pupils.
Early years pupil premium: letters to parentsAre there letters to parents about the early years pupil premium (EYPP)? This article links to a DfE model letter to parents about the EYPP and refers to examples of letters from schools. The letters explain what the scheme is and encourage parents to sign up.
GDPR: updating parentsDownload and adapt our template letter to update parents about the GDPR and the changes you’re making to prepare.
Headteacher leaving letters: examplesTelling parents that you're leaving your school is an important message to get right. Use the advice from our expert and examples from schools in this article to help inform your letter to parents.
Letters inviting parents to meetingsAre there any letters inviting parents into school for a meeting? In this article, we point to letters from schools which invite parents to attend parents' evening, as well as meetings about a recent Ofsted inspection result and upcoming National Curriculum tests.
Letters to aggressive parentsAre there model letters to parents who have been aggressive towards staff? We highlight model letters from 3 schools and the DfES, a predecessor to the Department for Education. You will also find links to related articles on dealing with offensive or threatening behaviour.
New headteachers' letters to parentsUse our template to create a new headteacher's letter to send to your parents. Read advice on what the letter should cover, and see examples of letters sent by new heads in other schools.
New parent governors: notifying parentsAre there examples of letters introducing new parent governors? We look at templates from a local authority, and examples of how primary, secondary and special schools announce newly appointed parent governors. You will also find links to other articles on parent governors.
One-page profiles: letters to parentsDo you have examples of letters to parents about one-page profiles? This article sets out information on one-page profiles, and highlights letters explaining them to parents. We also highlight a school that used a twilight session to introduce one-page profiles to parents.
Online safety: resources for parentsHelp parents keep their children safe online with these resources. Download parent factsheets on Fortnite and YouTube, see examples of letters to parents, and read our tips on working with parents with EAL.
Parent governor elections: ballot lettersAre there examples of ballot letters for parent governor elections? We link to examples of letters accompanying ballot papers for parent governor elections in primary and secondary schools. We also link to model letters from local authorities, and relay advice on what to include in this type of letter.
Parent governor vacancies: informing parentsAre there examples of letters inviting parents to become governors? We highlight examples of letters and online announcements about parent governor vacancies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find model letters you can adapt, and guidance aimed at parent governors.
Residential trips: examples of letters to parentsRead examples of letters about residential trips from primary and secondary schools and a template letter from a MAT. You'll also find links to our articles on charging, supervision and health and safety.
Staffing changes: letters to parentsAre there examples of letters informing parents of a change of teacher? In this article, we link to letters from primary and secondary schools written to notify parents of staffing changes. You will also find examples of school newsletters informing parents of revised staffing arrangements.
Year 1 phonics screening check: letters to parentsAre there examples of letters to parents about the phonics screening check? We link to examples of letters from primary schools informing parents about the year 1 phonics screening check. We also refer to a booklet for parents from the DfE, which explains how the check works.
Educational visits: parental consentIs there guidance on parental consent for off-site school trips? This article explains which school activities require parental consent. It links to a consent form for school trips, relays advice on who can give consent, and looks at arrangements for when parents withhold consent.
Intimate care: agreements and consent formsAre there examples of intimate care plans and agreements? We link to template intimate care plans from a local authority and an academy trust. We also refer to parental agreements and consent forms for providing intimate care, including washing and changing pupils after soiling.
Multi-purpose parental consent formsUse our multi-purpose parental consent form covering consent for on-site activities, administering non-prescription medicines, emergency release and communication preferences. Find links to DfE parental consent forms that you can use for off-site activities and prescription medicines, and see examples of consent forms used by other schools.
GDPR: what your PTA needs to doGive our downloadable GDPR to-do list to your parent teacher association (PTA) to help it comply with the regulations, and find out how to stay compliant when sharing personal data with your PTA.
Here's what to consider before running your eventBe confident you've got everything covered before your school event so it runs smoothly. Get up to speed with what you can charge for, how to keep on top of health and safety, whether you need a licence or event notice, and how to manage data protection around photos and videos taken at the event.
Parent teacher associations: guidanceLearn about how to set up and run a PTA, and registering it as a charity. Find information on increasing parental involvement with PTAs, and take a look at examples of PTAs from primary, secondary and special schools.
Effective parents’ evening conversations: advice for staffIs there any advice on effective subject consultation evening conversations? We relay advice from our experts on holding subject-specific parents' evening conversations. We also link to guidance and resources from Tes on having conversations at parents’ evenings.
Free your teachers from report-writing frenzy: a case studyHazelbury Primary School has replaced traditional end-of-year reports with pupil-authored learning journals. Teachers have better work-life balance, the headteacher saves over 400 hours a year and parents get all the information they need. Here's how you could achieve this too.
Pupil reports to parents: checklist and templatesUse our checklist to make sure your annual reports meet statutory requirements, and see what extra information you need to include at the end of KS1 and KS2. Download our templates and adapt them to suit your needs.
Pupil reports to parents in a PRUFor PRUs, reporting to parents doesn't have to be a difficult task. Read expert advice on what you should include and see how others do it.
Pupil reports: using 'emerging', 'expected' and 'exceeding' (primary)Is there guidance on using the terms 'emerging', 'expected' and 'exceeding' in reports to parents? This article relays advice on using these terms to report pupils' progress to parents, and features a report template in this format. You will also find a case study from schools using this system.
Reporting to parents of children in the EYFSWhat are the requirements for reporting to parents of children in the EYFS? We look at when early years providers must report to parents, the contents of reports, and whether to report results of reception baseline assessments. You will find an EYFS report template, plus guidance on photographs.
Aggressive parents: zero tolerance postersFind examples of posters to remind visitors and parents that aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. Also find letters you can send to aggressive parents and other abusive visitors.
Parents complaining about other parents and childrenHow can we respond to parents' complaints about other families? In this article, we relay advice from two of our associate education experts on meeting with parents and responding to their complaints about other parents and children. We also link to examples of policies and letters from schools.
Parents recording conversations with staffData protection legislation does not apply to parents recording meetings for their own personal use. Find out how you can deal with parents who want to record conversations.
Persistent or aggressive complaints from parentsHow can we deal with persistent and aggressive complaints from parents? We relay advice on resolving complaints informally, as well as how to handle persistent complaints and deal with parents who act aggressively. You will find guidance on when to decide to stop responding to a complainant.
Responding to criticism expressed by parents How can I respond to a parent who criticises the school to other parents and pupils, but does not complain directly to staff? This article includes advice from two of our associate experts and a headteacher about how to respond to criticisms or complaints expressed by parents.
Swimming: responding to parents' concernsWhat can we do if parents refuse to permit to their child to swim? We look at how schools can respond to various concerns parents might have about their child attending swimming lessons. We also link to information on the statutory requirements for swimming in Key Stage (KS) 1 and KS2.