Communication strategies for parents and the community

  • Take an active role in communicating with teachers and the school. Make appointments with your child's teacher to discuss any concerns or seek feedback.
  • Make your child's learning the main focus of your communication with the school. Remember that this is the common goal you share with the school - to see your child succeed . In particular:
    • provide information about your child's needs and discuss your expectations with your child's teacher
    • find out about what your child will be learning (subjects, topics, content) and how they will be learning (classroom activities, processes, technologies)
    • remember that today's classrooms may be different from your own school experience. Talk to your child's teachers about aspects of the class program that seem different and the reasons for these approaches
    • use the language of learning to talk to your child about their day to day experiences. Discuss with teachers the terms and phrases they use to make sure you both have a common understanding.
  • Make use of the range of communication tools and channels provided by the school, including newsletters, websites, emails, assemblies, parent/teacher interviews, P&C meetings, web conferencing and text messages.
  • Find out how the school communicates about opportunities for parents and the community to engage in school activities.
  • Discuss your communication needs with your child's teacher or the principal, especially if you need access to information in other languages or in other modes.
  • Engage in communication strategies that are appropriate for your child's age and stage of development. For example:

Prep-2

Communicate about your child's progress through 'Keep in touch' books.

Attend information meetings.

Follow (or ask for) checklists that can help your child be ready for school.

Years 3-6

Actively use your child's school diary to communicate with the teacher/s.

Ask your child to share their reflection logs or student blogs as a way of discussing their experiences.

Talk to your child about the value of education.

Years 7-9

Help your child to establish strong work habits.

Work with your child to help them understand and follow assessment schedules.

Discuss subject selection and planning with your child.

Years 10-12

Attend year-level or subject meetings.

Help your child prepare for SET planning interviews.

Attend parent information evenings about senior schooling programs.

Last reviewed
11 December 2015
Last updated
11 December 2015

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