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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.

Expert guidance

We asked one of The Key’s associate education experts, John Searl, how schools could develop their parental engagement.

John said that it is important to develop a strong culture of communication with parents. He explained that parental engagement should begin as soon as possible after a pupil starts at school.

Building personal relationships with parents

John said it is particularly important for members of the senior leadership team (SLT) to make sure that they are visible and accessible around the school, to help them communicate with parents on a one-to-one level.

Communicating with parents on a more personal level helps to encourage parents to engage with the school and makes it easier for parents and staff to discuss more serious topics.

Engaging with 'hard-to-reach' parents

In this scenario, John suggested that you

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