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Five principles for great school-parent partnerships

Parental engagement
We cannot and must not overlook our parents. Sabah Malik considers five tenets for making relationships with our parents effective and for tailoring our engagement to their children’s needs

An effective parent partnership is a sure-fire way to support sustained momentum and ensure long-term progress for all children.

This work can often be overlooked due to relationships with parents being seen as “par for course” – but focused strategic planning to support children through working with their parents should not be brushed aside.

In this article, I want to share some ways in which this work can be supported through a whole-school approach and practical strategies. As a leader, it is important first to conduct an audit for what parent partnerships look like in your school. Asking hard questions and holding a mirror to current practices will ensure a more effective action plan going forward.

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