Building relationships with parents and carers can be really hard as a teacher
Relationships with parents and carers.
Some of them are lovely, easy to get along with. Others imposing, tricky or just down right scary!?
And yet, there are two whole focus areas in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers dedicated to how we build and use our relationships with parents and careers to increase our impact on our students.
The Education Endowment Foundation over in the United Kingdom, recently reviewed the research literature on this topic as it searched for answers to the question. How do I create relationships with parents and carers that increase the impact for my students.
It revealed that although 80% of school leaders felt that it was the responsibility of ALL Staff to build these relationships…
Less that 10% of teacher said they’d ever had any training in how to build and maintain meaningful relationships with parents.
So, you’re not alone if this all feels like a mystery to you.
In this week’s episode of The Reflective Teacher Podcast with Selena Woodward we’re going to start by evaluating the WHY. Why do we need or want to build these relationships?
We share 5 key reasons that schools should invest the time to upskill teachers and give you some case studies, found in this research, to set you off on a journey of discovery.
There are suggestions here for lead projects at your site and opportunities for our Highly Accomplished teachers to share some expert knowledge with their colleagues.
We explore parent and carer relationships for:
- Improving educational outcomes by giving parents the support they need to help children learn
- Safeguarding children
- Improving attendance at your site
- Building trust and respect so you can get to know your students better
- Increasing the resources available to you as an educator.
We also share two case studies. One in Primary and one in Secondary and explore the differences these little tweaks made to literacy scores and more.
Don’t forget to share the reflections you right with @Edufolios on any social platform you like! We can’t wait to read them!
Further Reading and Support
- Working with Parents to Support Children’s Learning | EEF (educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk)
- Summary of Recommendations Poster: https://d2tic4wvo1iusb.cloudfront.net/eef-guidance-reports/supporting-parents/EEF_Parental_Engagement_Summary_of_recommendations.pdf?v=1635355222
- PACT resourcing – Evaluating a parent-delivered language enrichment programme – Nuffield Foundation