How to start a conversation with a parent/carer
How you start a conversation with a parent or carer will likely depend on the age of the children you teach.
In primary schools, school staff may find it easier to engage with parents and carers. Parents and carers of primary-age children tend to drop them off and pick them up from school, so teachers may have more everyday opportunities to have conversations with them.
In secondary schools and further education settings, many young people will travel to and from school alone, and may be more likely to have parents or carers who work full-time. There may be fewer opportunities for school staff to have conversations with parents and carers. Although parents may be less accessible to staff as children get older, this doesn’t mean that engaging with them is any less important.
School staff may need to open up a conversation with a parent or carer about a range of topics that might be affecting their child’s ability to flourish and achieve in school.