Having a good relationship with your child’s teachers can have a big impact on your child’s academic success. This is because the more communication there is between parents and teachers, the more supported your child will be.
Here is some great advice from an independent all-boys school in Kent, on how to build a successful teacher and parent relationship…
Good attendance and punctuality will not only give a good impression to your child’s teacher, but time management is also an important life-skill for your child to learn. Being on time for school will also show that you value your child’s education and appreciate all the work that teacher’s do.
‘Parent Evenings’ are an ideal opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate. Parents can find out how their children are doing in each subject and teachers can give advice to support learning at home. These events are crucial to your child’s development and should not be missed. Use this valuable time with your child’s teacher to hear all about what your child has been learning and to discuss any concerns you may have.
If you need to discuss an important or private issue, it is important to find a suitable time. Parents often try to speak to teachers in the morning, when they drop their child into class. However, this isn’t always the best time for teachers. They will be busy getting their class organised for the day ahead. Instead it is best to wait until the end of the day, when the class have left, or arrange an appointment with the school office.
Sometimes a simple ‘thank you’ it all it takes to build a good relationship with your child’s teacher. Parents are often quick to complain, but forget to provide positive feedback. If your child has enjoyed a particular lesson, let the teacher know or encourage your child to tell them. You could also arrange thank you gifts at the end of term to show the teachers just how much they are appreciated.
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