Engaging parents with EAL: 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.
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.