Meet the Parents
How Schools Can Work Effectively with Families to Support Children's Learning
Meet the Parents is an essential guide for school leaders and classroom teachers looking to build stronger and more productive relationships with the families of pupils. This book uses more than 40 years of experience to explain techniques for uniting families with a range of backgrounds and a variety of circumstances, and highlights the most successful approaches for encouraging and developing the home-school partnership. Drawing on case studies and real-life examples, Lepkowska and Nightingale unpick the reasons behind barriers to learning and examine the issues that cause parents to be demotivated from engaging with schools.
The authors cover a range of important topics, from the long-standing concerns to modern problems, including:
- Making the most of parents' evening.
- Special Educational Needs and Disability.
- Bereavement, divorce and loss.
- Raising the aspirations of parents and children.
- Influence of the media and online safety.
Meet the Parents aims to aid headteachers, senior leaders, classroom practitioners and student teachers – and any other school staff who wish to develop a more effective ongoing home-school partnership. Recognising the vital need for parental engagement with children’s learning, this book will help schools and families to come together and provide the best support possible for every child.
Table of Contents
1.Introduction 2.Bereavement 3.Digital safety 4.Raising aspirations 5.Parents’ evening 6.Child protection and safeguarding 7.Special needs and disabilities 8.Setting up a new school 9.Media
Dorothy Lepkowska is an award-winning journalist, who has written about education for a number of national and specialist publications, as well as for leading educational organisations, for the past 27 years, and more recently about parenting. She is married and has a child in primary school.
Julie Nightingale is a freelance journalist and has written for the national and specialist media for more than 25 years. She also leads the MA Magazine Journalism course at Nottingham Trent University.