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Be the master of all you survey

Getting parents to share their views is rarely easy, but a simple questionnaire can be used to great effect. Headteacher Ruth Luzmore explains how to ensure communication is a two-way street

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My classmates and I could not control our laughter. Using a fuchsia-coloured lipstick, our teacher had written a message to the parents of one of our more disorganised peers – and she had written it right on to the pupil’s forehead.

This happened back in the 1980s when I was at school, but I still think about it sometimes. As a headteacher, I now understand why that teacher did what she did: she was trying to find a way of communicating with parents that couldn’t be ignored or lost on the way home.

Effective home-school communication is crucial to supporting learning. A recent report by the ...

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