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Communicating with Your School

Teachers are experts in learning and can help you to help your child learn. To work together, parents and teachers should try to build a positive relationship based on mutual respect and understanding of each others’ role, knowledge and expertise.

Communicating about your child’s wellbeing, their progress at school and ways you can help is at the heart of parental engagement partnerships. Good communication between parents and teachers gets everyone on the same page. So it’s okay to ask for advice about how to help your child or ask questions about what’s happening at school. It also helps teachers to know if there is anything outside school that may be affecting your child.

Here are some tips and ideas about the things you can do to help your child’s learning.

Communicating with your school

Tip 1: Getting to Know Your Child’s Teacher

Having a good relationship with your child’s teacher will help you get to know what your child is learning and how they are going. It will help you work together if your child needs some extra support and will help you celebrate with your child when they do well. And it helps show your child how much you care about their learning.

You don’t have to be at school every day to get to know your child’s teacher - you can talk over the phone or email, or ask grandparents, aunties, uncles or important people in your child’s life to help.

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Tip 2: Find Out What’s Happening in the Classroom

It can be difficult to know what is happening in your child’s classroom, but it’s helpful to know what the plan is and the kinds of things your child will be learning.

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Tip 3: Find Out What’s Happening at School

As well as asking for information or feedback from teachers, you can keep up to date with what’s happening within the school community.

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Tip 4: Find Out How Your Child Is Going

You don’t have to wait for your child’s school report if you have questions about how they are going or if you think they might need some extra help.

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Tip 4: Be A Part of Your School Community

Being part of your child’s school community is one way of showing your child that you value their education. Not all parents are able to volunteer at school every week - and that’s okay. Grandparents, aunties, uncles and other important people in your child’s life can come along to school events, and even participating in a couple of activities each year can mean a lot.

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More Information and Ideas can be Found in the Resource Below:

Parental Engagement: Communicating with your child’s school fact sheet (PDF File 1.1 MB)