Nearly half of teachers believe that whilst parents are a great source of support, they don’t always know the best ways to help. According to an education report into parent teacher relationships by Becta, thirty-seven percent of teachers would welcome practical advice given to parents on how they can communicate more effectively. Over a third said it would be helpful to show parents who are already contacting them how they could achieve this in a more beneficial way for their child’s school and other parents.
The Becta report into parent teacher relationships reveals more than eleven percent of parents feel dismissed as an ‘overly demanding’ parent with another eleven percent claiming they are made to feel like they are imposing on the teacher’s time when trying to make contact. The majority of school staff say that the relationship they have with pupils’ parents is mixed, and varies greatly from parent to parent.
Thirty-six percent of teachers say they often come across parents who need ‘constant reassurance’ and others who try to ‘influence everything that goes on in the classroom.’ They also admit that half of the parents that they have the most contact with are those who make themselves available to speak to the teacher at the end of the school day.
Almost all of the parents involved in the study say technology helps them get involved in their child’s education, or it could play a more powerful role if they better understood how to use it. Thirty-seven percent say they’d like advice on how to improve relations with their child’s teacher. Staff are also keen for schools to provide tools which can help them have more informed and effective discussions with parents.
This and the survey’s other findings highlight a need for better communication channels between parents and schools, in order to generate open and honest discussions. This will consequently help with child progression, whilst also managing the impact on the teacher’s workload to ensure the most efficient use of time.
Becta is the government agency aiming to advertise and implement the productive and innovative use of technology throughout the teaching and learning process. The Schools & Parents: A New Partnership report is part of the ‘Next Generation Learning’ campaign, which encourages parents to contact their child’s school in order to establish how and if technology is already being used, and how it can improve communications between you and your child’s school in future.
For more information, please contact:
Sophie Jackson 0207 025 6412 / Sophie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Sharrott 0207 025 6589 / Catherine.Sharrott@redconsultancy.com
Kate Cox 02476 797146 / Kate.Cox@becta.org.uk