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By Garry Hornby

It truly is stated that potent colleges contain mom and dad successfully. This learn describes how faculties can do so objective, and the way to extend criteria of accomplishment. It covers the sector from nursery to secondary colleges, and is geared toward lecturers, governors, welfare staff, advisers and PTAs.

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Bastiani (1989) has suggested that teachers and parents have different goals for such meetings. 42 Improving Parental Involvement Teachers' goals include: informing parents of their children's progress; establishing good relationships with parents; telling parents about the difficulties their children have at school; checking with parents how their children are coping with school; learning more about children, from parents' perspectives; finding out parents' opinions about the school programme; identifying ways in which parents can help their children at home; identifying potential conflicts between parents and teachers; jointly making decisions about children's education.

Therefore, educators need to develop effective written and oral communication skills and to ensure that a wide range of communication options are open to parents. However, the most important factor in maintaining good communication is the openness to parents which schools demonstrate through their contacts with parents. The attitude of choice has often been referred to as an 'open door policy' in which parents feel comfortable about contacting or going into the school when they have a concern (Bastiani, 1987).

However, this use of letters to deal with discipline problems should be balanced by a system of positive letters sent to parents to acknowledge a child's outstanding effort or progress. In contrast to formal letters, teachers often find it useful to send brief handwritten notes home to parents via children's school bags. This can be a quick and effective way of getting a message to parents with whom teachers already have a good relationship, but it does have its drawbacks. Notes can sometimes become lost on the way home or can be overlooked when parents are emptying the school bag.

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