Unit 6: Communicating and working with other adults
Teacher - parent relationships
1. A home-school agreement is a statement explaining:
- the schools aims and values;
- the schools responsibilities towards its pupils who are of compulsory school age
- the responsibilities of each pupils parents
- What the school expects of its pupils.
2. Such agreements should include school policies on:
- the standard of education
- the ethos of the school
- regular and punctual attendance
- discipline and behaviour;
- the information schools and parents give one another.
3. Ways of communicating with parents on pupils’ school related work and activity:
Preparation - You need to be prepared in advance by having ready access to the pupils’ grades on class work and homework, to information about their homework completion and to examples of their work.
Positive start - Some parents will be arriving unhappy with some aspect of their childs’ experience at school, and others will be nervous about speaking to teachers, possibly because of a poor school experience themselves. In either case, it is important to start by saying something positive about the pupil. This should have the effect of calming an aggressive parent or reassuring a nervous one.
Targets for future action - The interview will feel - and be - more purposeful if you can identify a target for future action resulting from it.
Give parents a chance to talk – Parents meetings can be a really good opportunity to find out about your pupils’ home influences, their interests, motivations and aspirations.
Be informative without using jargon - Many parents find assessment schemes, public exams and the National Curriculum (NC) bewildering. You will need to be aware of parents’ needs in this area and sensitive to their degree of expertise.
Make a good first impression and keep to time – keep to appointment times can be done if you do not fill time unnecessarily and are firm about ending each interview on time, offering to find another time to speak to the parents if necessary.
4. Written report for parents and schools:
The report, at Key Stage 3/4 must include:
- comments on progress, highlighting strengths and development needs;
- general review of progress in all areas of the curriculum;
- information on absence;
- arrangements for the parents and/or pupil to discuss the report with teachers;
- in Year 9: in addition, NC levels;
- in Year 10: in addition, target grades for GCSE.
For efficient report include: Accuracy: draw on evidence and examples so that your points are made more convincingly and with more clarity. Acclaim: praise and build on the positive, always including a suggestion as to how the pupil can make progress. NB: Use of ICT in reports allows parents access to information concerning their children’s’ progress, behaviour, and attendance at points throughout the year.
Staff supporting teaching and learning – teacher relationships
understanding the roles and skills of these other adults and how you can best interact with them as a teacher.