Letters to parents

  • Absence, attendance and punctuality: template letters to parents
    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).
  • End-of-term gift-giving: template letters to parents Updated
    Use our template letters to reassure parents and pupils that they don't need to buy gifts for staff to show their appreciation. Encourage homemade cards and kind words instead, and request those who still want to give something to donate to charity.
  • 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.
  • Online safety: involving parents and carers
    Help parents keep their children safe online by engaging them in discussions about online safety. Download and share factsheets about online safety concerns, see examples of letters to parents, and read our tips on working with parents with EAL.
  • Parent factsheet: cost-of-living crisis
    As the cost-of-living crisis continues to squeeze families' wallets, share our factsheet with parents, so they can find out what practical and financial support is available to them.
  • Parent governor/trustee elections: documents
    Check if you're responsible for organising parent governor/trustee elections, and use our template documents to save you time and make sure the process runs smoothly. Download our template letters to parents, ballot paper and candidate form.
  • Phonics screening check: information for parents
    Use our phonics screening check factsheet to explain the process to parents, including when they'll receive results and how they can help their child prepare at home. We also link to examples of how schools display this information online.
  • Uniform policy change: letter to parents
    Use our template letter to communicate changes to your uniform policy so parents understand how you're securing best value for money and know when the changes will come into force.