Dealing with parents

Sian Evans
16th December 2016
dealing with parents, positive reinforcement,dealing with negative behaviour,parent-teacher relationship, parents evening

Top tips and practical advice for ensuring that communication with parents is productive  

Interacting with parents presents an important opportunity for teachers to make sure that pupils' positive behaviour is praised and disruptive behaviour is addressed quickly and efficiently. After all, parents and teachers are working towards the same goal: what’s best for the student. 

To support effective teacher-parent communication, we’ve gathered a selection of practical tools, which will help you to deal with a range of situations.

Working with parents

Discover the best way to have a successful relationship with your pupils’ parents and different ways to deal with pastoral issues using this advice sheet. Teachers and parents can provide a united approach with these behaviour cards, which are designed to encourage the same behavioural expectations in school and at home.

Don’t forget to communicate with parents when their child is doing well! These simple postcards are a quick way to acknowledge positive behaviour and let guardians know why their child is being rewarded. 

Managing difficult parents

When being the bearer of bad news can lead to an uncomfortable phone call with an upset parent, prepare yourself by watching this short video containing easy-to-implement tactics. For a more comprehensive understanding of how to manage problematic situations, use this video to examine a range of reconstructions and helpful feedback.

Alternatively, become more confident when dealing with tricky conversations by practising these role-play exercises, covering common discussions that teachers have with parents.

Surviving parents’ evening

Ensure that the evening is organised and consistent for each pupil with this straightforward template, which provides primary teachers a standardised way of recording discussions. Likewise, secondary teachers can take advantage of this checklist so that each conversation results in proactive targets, agreed by parents, the student and the teacher.

Explore this detailed guide to help the evening run smoothly, including aspects of preparing and successfully delivering your feedback to parents. 

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