How can school leaders help parents get to know the school staff better?

How can school leaders help parents get to know the school staff better?

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A child’s life is the foundational developmental phase of an adult. When a child becomes an adult, they act and behave in a manner they have learned during their early life. Most of an adult’s childhood is significantly influenced by the adults around them; the parent-teacher partnership often covers the majority of this influence. At home, children are under the care of their parents, and in school, they are under the supervision of teachers. Parents and teachers are two figures who have a huge impact on a child’s development. It is essential for a school leader to ensure that the parent-teacher partnership remains positive and mutually beneficial.

Benefits of parent-teacher partnership

A positive partnership between parents and teachers has been proven to significantly improve children’s academic and social competencies. When parents and teachers come together to support the growth and development of a child, it not only provides children the opportunity to do better in school, but also at home.

Research suggests that when parents and teachers work together, children show better interpersonal and social skills, with fewer behavioural and attitude problems. Effective and regular communication between teachers and parents allows them to have a better understanding of the child, and this leads to stronger relationships between parents, teachers and the child.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the importance of parent-teacher relationships has become even more evident, as it has helped schools to manage more efficiently.

The three Cs to form a constructive Parent-Teacher Partnership in school:

1. Communication

Communication is the key for any relationship and partnership to move forward, and parent-teachers must have good communication.

  • Teachers can communicate with parents at the beginning of the academic session about their child’s traits to know the kid better.
  • Parents get confidence in communication between parents and teachers about their kids’ traits, and parent’s belief in school strengthens more.
  • The best communication is open and transparent communication which is more constructive and should be done on a timely basis.
  • Parents can strengthen the school and their relationship by attending monthly parent-teacher meetings. Parents attending such conferences and participating in school management activities develop a sense of belongingness with the school.

2. Consistency

In parent-teacher partnerships, consistency is another main factor. It involves experiences and opportunities which a parent provides to their kids at home.

  • Parents and teachers should consult with each other about the kid’s daily routine at home, homework schedule, environment, and habits they exhibit daily. Accordingly, a parent can plan their daily home activities with their kids and give importance to gray areas suggested by teachers.

In a parent-teacher partnership, both parties must be on the same page regarding plans, expectations and execution. This sends a message of inclusiveness and consistency to the parties involved.

3. Collaboration

The third component of the parent-teacher partnership is collaboration. The communication between both parties should be frequent to the point that all the parties are aware of every change of the kid involved.

  • Parents and teachers can collaborate and discuss their personal goals. They can discuss their personal and professional goals and the overall development of the child’s future. This collaboration needs good communication and alignment of the end goal.
  • By collaborating planning with teachers, a parent can learn about concerns and their work styles. If any misinterpretation or miscommunication arises, the parties can resolve it on their terms.

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How you, as school leader make parent and teacher relationship better

School leaders must be influential in their communication with parents and teachers.

  • Initiator– A school leader should be a prompt initiator as soon as they get information about any grievances from parents or teachers and try to solve them immediately.
  • Timelines– Timely solutions to grievances and problems are necessary for any business and organisation. A school leader should remember that there is no delay in any solution delivery.
  • Consistency and frequency– A school leader should give constant and frequent feedback to the teachers about their performance. School leaders should update parents about school activities in monthly parent-teacher meetings.
  • Follow-through– It is also essential to follow through with teachers and parents about the responsibilities given to them as a stakeholder.
  • Clear and helpful communication– School leaders should communicate clearly with parents and teachers about crucial things without any communication errors to avoid misinterpretation.

We have discussed how all the three Cs can help school leaders improve their school environment, management and planning decisions concerning academics. The involvement of parents and teachers is most important for the school leaders to ensure the consistency of the learning environment, which students should always continue.

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