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Benefits of a strong parent-school relationship
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else does. Your child’s teachers will want to get to know them too.
When you have a strong and respectful relationship with your child’s school and teachers, you’re in a good position to give them the information they need to help your child get the most out of their education. You and your child’s teachers can work together to support your child’s learning and wellbeing.
When everybody is working together in the best interests of your child, they are likely to reap academic and social benefits, like:
- regular school attendance
- positive school results
- a positive attitude towards school
- positive social and relationship skills
- a sense of wellbeing
- school completion
- progression to post-secondary education like TAFE, university or apprenticeships.
You can help your child get the most out of school by communicating and building relationships with teachers, other parents and students from the very first day. This is better than having contact with your child’s school only when there’s a problem, either at school or in your family.
How to build a strong parent-school relationship
You can build a parent-school relationship in several ways:
- Be involved in the school community in whatever ways you can.
- Talk informally with teachers at school drop-off and pick-up times or by email or phone if this is more appropriate for you and the teacher.
- Go to parent-teacher interviews and parent meetings.
- Check the school website, noticeboard and emails regularly.
As well as everyday contact, you might also be able to learn more about the school through its annual report, school performances and social events – for example, barbecues, cultural or music events and school fairs. Schools might also hold parent seminars on topics like behaviour management, bullying and mental health.
Establishing a relationship with your child’s school is a two-way process. For example, you can ask the school and teachers for information or feedback. You can also share your child’s special events or achievements outside school.
Not all parents can be involved in school as much as they’d like, but you can still let your child know that school is important to your family. Talking about school with your child, being warm and friendly at school events, and being positive about the school and its staff sends the message that you value education and are interested in what’s happening for your child at school.
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