Home & School Communication
Regular home and school communication is important to children’s learning. When teachers and parents talk together about student progress, children do better in school.
Developing a strong, positive relationship with your child’s teacher works in everyone’s favour. When parents and teachers communicate well and work together, everyone comes out ahead—the student, the parents, and the teacher. Here are a few suggestions for working on that relationship.
Each September offers new opportunities for student success. Beginning the school year well sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Parents and teachers can work together to help children get a good start.
The BCTF has developed sessions for parents that provide opportunities to learn strategies, gain knowledge and explore concerns.
When parents and teachers communicate well with each other, children benefit and are more likely to have success at school. Although everyone has very busy schedules, the best way to really focus on your child’s progress is in a face-to-face meeting. The parent-teacher interviews provide this opportunity and are an important step in creating positive home and school communications.
Resolving difficult situations
The best way to resolve conflict is at a parent-teacher level. Problems are likely to be resolved when people talk directly to each other. Everyone benefits when teachers and parents work together on behalf of students.
Parent Concerns: A Guide for Resolution
From time to time you may have a query or worry about an aspect of your child's schooling. A healthy, honest relationship between you and your child's teacher contributes to your child's learning and school success. The process in this brochure were developed primarily by parents and represent some of the best practices for handling these concerns fairly and respectfully.
School districts have a process for handling complaints that are not resolved at the school level. Here are examples from three districts:
To find out what your school district policy is, ask your local teacher association office or school board office.