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Engaging EAL parents: strategies
Is there guidance on engaging parents of pupils with EAL? We look at strategies you can use to build relationships with parents who are not fluent in English. You will also find advice on improving communication, using translators, and running events for parents and pupils.
Headteacher's welcome presentation to parents
What could a new headteacher include in a welcome presentation to parents? We relay advice from two of our associate experts on what to include in a welcome presentation, and look at other ways headteachers can introduce themselves to parents.
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
Is there guidance on conducting home visits for children in the EYFS? We relay guidance on when and how to conduct home visits in the early years. This article also features a case study on conducting visits for pupils due to start school, and links to resources and policies for home 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.
Information sessions for parents: teaching and learning
How could we deliver a session for parents about teaching and learning? One of our associate education experts suggests how to organise an evening for parents about the school's curriculum and how to support learning. We also outline a case study and link to examples from schools.
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
UpdatedRequirements for RSE are changing from September 2020. 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.
Stakeholder engagement strategies
How 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.
Structured conversations with parents
How do schools use structured conversations? This article looks at guidance on running structured conversations with parents. We also look at schools using this approach.
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.
Written communication with parents
Is 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.
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