This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

Parents and Teachers Working Together

Parents and teachers working together

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • the history of parental involvement in schools;
  • current requirements and expectations for parental involvement in schools;
  • reasons for parents and teachers to work together;
  • parents' and teachers' perspectives on home-school partnership;
  • some barriers to parental involvement;
  • how to form positive partnerships;
  • parents' and teachers' expectations of each other;
  • initial contact between schools and parents;
  • different forms of written communication with parents;
  • advice on writing for parents;
  • involving parents in school during the school day;
  • involving parents for whom daytime help is difficult;
  • the school in the community;
  • involving parents at home through homework, games and home-school notebooks;
  • meetings between parents and teachers; and
  • helping parents to ...
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