Good communication with your child’s teachers is essential to your son or daughter’s academic success. The more information parents and teachers share with each other, the more your child will benefit. Here is some great advice from St Hilda’s School on how to build a successful teacher and parent relationship.

· As parents we want our children to make the most of their education and succeed at school. ‘Parent Evenings’ are an ideal opportunity for parents and teachers to communicate. Parents can find out how well their children are progressing at school 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 discuss classwork or any concerns you may have about your child’s behaviour.

· If you need to discuss an important issue and cannot wait until parents evening, 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 checking that each child has arrived safely and they will need to help their class to get organised for the day ahead. Instead it is best to wait until the end of the day, when all the children have left, or arrange an appointment with the school office.

· It is important for parents to remember that a simple ‘thank you’ will go a long way. Parents can establish a good relationship with a teacher by providing feedback. If your child has enjoyed a particular lesson, be sure to let their teacher know. This will show them just how much their hard work is appreciated.

· Lastly, it is important to keep a good attendance and punctuality record. This is not only a great life-skill for your child, but it can also help to build a good relationship with the teacher. This is because good attendance shows that your child is keen to learn and that you value their education.

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