Engaging parents with EAL: strategiesUse our practical strategies to engage effectively with parents who have English as an additional language (EAL). Help them become a part of the school community and provide support for them and their children.
EYFS: home visitsFind out when and how to conduct home visits in the EYFS, with guidance and examples of how schools carry out visits.
Headteacher's welcome presentation to parentsWhether you're a new headteacher or an existing head welcoming new parents, find out what to include in your welcome presentation and get advice on other ways you can introduce yourself to parents and pupils.
How to make your holiday celebrations inclusiveFind out how to include pupils from all religious backgrounds, whichever holidays or festivals you're celebrating. Our tips will help you be respectful of other traditions and avoid conflict with parents.
Parental engagement strategies: advice and case studiesHow can we engage with reluctant parents? We relay expert advice on building relationships with parents and engaging with those who are harder to reach. You will also find case studies from 5 schools looking at different approaches, and ideas for reaching parents through the local community.
Relationships and sex education (RSE): consultation toolkitThe current RSE requirements fully come into force from 1 September 2021. If you're updating your curriculum or policy, and need to carry out consultations with parents, pupils or staff, we have tips and resources to help you get it done - either in person or remotely.
RSE: handling objections from parentsThe new RSE requirements are a sensitive subject and you might have to field objections even after the consultation period has ended. Learn about the most common ones and how to handle them.
Written communication with parentsGet tips on how to communicate with parents in writing. Find out the pros and cons of moving to a paperless method of written communication, and see examples of communication policies and procedures.
How to review your school uniform policyNewFollow these steps to make sure your uniform policy is in line with the DfE's new statutory guidance on uniform costs. Use our cost ready-reckoner, policy audit and consultation guidance to help you develop a policy that works for your school and provides value for money.
KS1 and KS2 SATs results: information for parentsDownload our Parent Pamphlet which explains how the results of KS1 and KS2 SATs are reported, and covers scaled scores. You'll also find examples of guidance for parents from the government and schools.
School uniform policy: guidanceBe clear on what you and your board need to consider when setting your uniform policy. Find out how to avoid discrimination to make sure your policy is fair and inclusive to all pupils in your school.
Absence, attendance and punctuality: template letters to parentsUse our template letters to help you address attendance issues such as unauthorised absence and poor punctuality. See examples of letters from primary and secondary schools, and find out how to adapt your letters for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).
End-of-term gift-giving: template letter to parentsUpdatedAt certain times of the year, parents and pupils may wish to give your staff a little something to show their appreciation. Use our template letter to let them know what's appropriate, and find out how to keep exchanges safe in light of the pandemic.
Headteacher leaving letters: examplesTelling parents that you're leaving your school is an important message to get right. Use the advice from our expert and examples from schools in this article to help inform your letter to parents.
Letters to aggressive parents or visitorsYou can ban a parent or a visitor from your school premises for abusive behaviour. Find out the process, and see examples of letters from schools and a local authority.
New headteachers' letters to parentsUse our template to create a new headteacher's letter to send to your parents. Read advice on what the letter should cover, and see an example of a letter sent by a new head in another school.
Online safety: resources for parentsHelp parents keep their children safe online with these resources. Download parent factsheets on Fortnite and YouTube, see examples of letters to parents, and read our tips on working with parents with EAL.
Parent governor/trustee elections: documentsUpdatedIf you're responsible for organising parent governor/trustee elections, use our template documents to save you time and make sure the process runs smoothly. Download our template letters to parents, ballot paper and candidate form.
Phonics screening check: information for parentsUse our phonics screening check factsheet to explain the process to parents, including when they'll receive results and how they can help their child prepare at home. We also link to examples of how schools display this information online.
Staffing changes: letters to parentsAre there examples of letters informing parents of a change of teacher? In this article, we link to letters from primary and secondary schools written to notify parents of staffing changes. You will also find examples of school newsletters informing parents of revised staffing arrangements.
Multi-purpose parental consent formsUse our multi-purpose parental consent form covering consent for on-site activities, administering non-prescription medicines, emergency release and communication preferences. Find links to DfE parental consent forms that you can use for off-site activities and prescription medicines, and see examples of consent forms used by other schools.
What to consider before running your school eventBe confident you've got everything covered before your school event so it runs smoothly. Get up to speed with how to keep on top of health and safety, what you can charge for, whether you need additional insurance or licences, and how to manage data protection around photos and videos taken at the event.
Effective parents’ evening conversations: advice for staffIs there any advice on effective subject consultation evening conversations? We relay advice from our experts on holding subject-specific parents' evening conversations. We also link to resources from Tes on having conversations at parents’ evenings.
EYFS: how to report to parentsUpdatedAll early years providers must report to parents at age 2 and at the end of the EYFS. Find out what you need to include in these reports for the progress check at age 2 and the EYFS profile, and use our templates - based on the 2021 EYFS framework - to help you write them.
Free your teachers from report-writing frenzy: a case studyHazelbury Primary School has replaced traditional end-of-year reports with pupil-authored learning journals. Teachers have better work-life balance, the headteacher saves over 400 hours a year and parents get all the information they need. Here's how you could achieve this too.
How to run a virtual parents' eveningIf you want to give a virtual parents' evening a try, follow our advice to make sure your event runs smoothly. Plus, see examples from schools that have already hosted one.
Mid-year reports to parentsYou can send pupil reports to parents throughout the year, rather than just annually. Learn about your requirements and what to include in a mid-year or end-of-term report.
Pupil reports to parents: checklist and templatesUse our checklist to make sure your annual reports meet statutory requirements, and see what extra information you need to include at the end of KS1 and KS2. Download our templates and adapt them to suit your needs.
Pupil reports: using 'emerging', 'expected' and 'exceeding' (primary)Is there guidance on using the terms 'emerging', 'expected' and 'exceeding' in reports to parents? This article relays advice on using these terms to report pupils' progress to parents, and features a report template in this format. You will also find a case study from schools using this system.
Aggressive parents: zero tolerance postersFind examples of posters to remind visitors and parents that aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. Also find letters you can send to aggressive parents and other abusive visitors.
Parents complaining about other parents and childrenHow can we respond to parents' complaints about other families? In this article, we relay advice from two of our associate education experts on meeting with parents and responding to their complaints about other parents and children. We also link to examples of policies and letters from schools.
Parents recording conversations with staffData protection legislation does not apply to parents recording meetings for their own personal use. Find out how you can deal with parents who want to record conversations.
Persistent or aggressive complaints from parentsHow can we deal with persistent and aggressive complaints from parents? We relay advice on resolving complaints informally, as well as how to handle persistent complaints and deal with parents who act aggressively. You will find guidance on when to decide to stop responding to a complainant.