Building relationships with parents 8 articles
- Use 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.
- Find advice around conducting home visits in the EYFS, as well as examples of policies from other schools.
- Not all school communities will be eager to talk about racism and racial justice. Find out how you can encourage resistant members of your community to engage with any anti-racism work you’re doing.
Information and guidance for parents 3 articles
- Follow these steps to make sure your uniform policy is in line with the DfE's statutory guidance on uniform costs. Use our cost ready-reckoner, policy audit and consultation guidance to help you develop a policy that works for your school and provides value for money.
- Use our resources to help you comply with the new statutory guidance on school uniform and make sure you're securing best value for money for parents.
- Be clear what the DfE's statutory guidance on the cost of school uniform means for your school and what you need to do to comply.
Letters to parents 18 articles
- Use our template letters to help you address attendance issues such as 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).
- Use our template letters to communicate behaviour incidents with parents. See examples of letters from schools, and find out how to adapt your letters for pupils with SEN.
- You can ban a parent or a visitor from your school premises for abusive or aggressive behaviour. Find out the process, see examples of letters to send to parents and steps you can take to reduce this behaviour.
Parental consent and responsibility 2 articles
- Find out which trips require parental consent and who can give this consent, along with advice on separated parents and parents who withhold permission.
- Use 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.
PTAs and events for families 4 articles
- Be confident you've got everything covered so your event runs smoothly. Get up to speed with how to keep on top of health and safety, what you can charge for, any insurance or licences needed, and data protection issues around photos and videos.
- Get advice on how to run a parent forum. Understand how you can use them to engage with your wider school community and how to get parents involved. Find everything you need to get set up, including a model terms of reference and a template agenda.
- Get tips on how best to support parent volunteers on school trips. Download our template letter to recruit volunteers, as well as a pack of resources to help make sure parents feel fully confident on the trip.
Pupil reports and parents' evenings 8 articles
- See examples of time-saving report-writing strategies from other schools, alongside advice on how to improve your reporting processes to parents.
- All early years providers must report to parents at age 2 and at the end of the EYFS. Find out what you need to include in these reports and use our templates - based on the 2021 EYFS framework - to help you write them.
- Hazelbury 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.
Resolving issues with parents 9 articles
- Use these tips to help improve communication with parents in your school.
- Find out what to include on posters to remind visitors and parents that aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. See examples from schools.
- Read about best practice for dealing with persistent or aggressive complaints from parents. Find out how to use your complaints procedure to close a complaint and stop responding.