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Parental engagement: Building strong relations

Parental engagement
A positive home-school relationship is an important part of helping your new pupils to settle in. The ethos and practice you establish now will be what your parents will come to expect. Suzanne O’Connell identifies some ways of getting these partnerships off to a good start in the new school year

A new school year, new children and new parents. Of course, some parents will already have children at your school but for others these first few weeks and months are crucial in understanding how you work, what you expect and what your future relationship might look like.

There may be tough times ahead. Perhaps there will be occasions where parents may be unhappy because you have turned down an application for a term-time holiday or their child has been sanctioned for something they think they didn’t do. If you have a relationship based on respect, then these blips are more easily overcome.

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