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  • Engaging parents with EAL: strategies 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.
  • Get your community on board with your approach to anti-racism 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.
  • Headteacher's welcome presentation to parents UpdatedWhether 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 agreements You 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 EYFS UpdatedFind 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 inclusive Find 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 information Should 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 studies How 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 addresses Is 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 contacted What 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 toolkit Requirements 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 parents The 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.
  • Welcome material for parents: EYFS Are 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.
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  • Fundamental British values: information for parents Is 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 parents How 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 parents Download 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 parents Do 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 chat groups: advice for class reps and ground rules Parent chat groups can be a blessing and a curse. Set ground rules and share our guidelines for class reps to help you avoid negative incidents.
  • Parent pack template Get 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 parents Is 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.
  • The Prevent strategy: information for parents Download and share our pamphlet on Prevent to share with parents, and see examples from schools of how they've kept parents in the loop about what the strategy means to them.
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  • Absence, attendance and punctuality: template letters to parents Use 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 parents Is 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 parents Are 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 parents Download and adapt our template letter to update parents about the GDPR and the changes you’re making to prepare.
  • Headteacher leaving letters: examples Telling 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.
  • Holiday gift-giving: template letter to parents At certain times of the year, parents and pupils may wish to give your staff a little something to show their appreciation. Use our template letter to let them know what's appropriate.
  • Letters inviting parents to meetings Are 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 parents Are 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.
  • Lockdown procedures: informing parents and pupils Follow our guidance when discussing lockdown procedures with your pupils. Download our template letter to parents and read examples of letters from primary and secondary schools.
  • New headteachers' letters to parents Use 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 parents Are 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.
  • Newsletters: template and what to include Use our template to create your own newsletter. Also, find tips on the what the contents of a newsletter should be, and how best to write and distribute it.
  • Nut-free schools: letters to parents Find examples of notices you can send to parents to let them know about your school's no-nuts approach if you have pupils with allergies.
  • One-page profiles: letters to parents Do 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 parents Help 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 letters Are 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 parents Are 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.
  • Poor behaviour: letters to parents Download our template letters you can send to parents about poor pupil behaviour. See also examples from schools.
  • Pupil premium and FSM registration: template letter to parents Boost your pupil premium funding with our template letter that encourages parents to register their children for free school meals (FSM).
  • Residential trips: examples of letters to parents Read 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 parents Are 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 parents Are 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.
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  • GDPR: what your PTA needs to do Give 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 event Be 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: guidance Learn 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.
  • Poll results: parents taking photos at festive events Should parents be allowed to take photos of their own children at school events?
  • Posters: rules for school events Use our posters to remind parents and visitors about important rules while they're on the school site for an event.
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  • 5 hacks to reduce your pupil report workload See examples of time-saving report-writing strategies from other schools, alongside tips on how to improve your reporting processes.
  • Effective parents’ evening conversations: advice for staff Is 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 study 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.
  • Mid-year reports to parents (primary) You can send pupil reports to parents throughout the year, rather than just annually. Get tips from our expert on how to do this.
  • Parent consultation evenings: requirements You're required to provide at least 1 opportunity per year for parents to discuss pupil progress with a teacher. Get guidance on how you might do this.
  • Pupil reports to parents: checklist and templates Use 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 PRU For 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 EYFS What 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.
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