Teachers and parents provide a vital support system to help students flourish. How parents and teachers work and communicate together has a long-term impact on a child’s performance and success.

Recent findings by researchers from the University of Michigan found that children whose parents were identified by teachers as more positively involved had higher levels of prosocial behaviours and more academic success.

This study further illustrated that positive relationships between parents and teachers led to improved community perceptions of the school. This demonstrates that teachers and parents who work together to empower students could help improve student performance and that positive relationships could be good for the overall image of the school.

Parents benefit from being involved in their children’s education by getting ideas from their teachers on how to help and support their children. Perhaps most important, you also benefit by becoming more confident about the value of your child’s school involvement. Parents develop a greater appreciation for the important role they play in their children’s education.

By interacting more with parents, teachers learn more about their students’ needs and home environment, which provides them with information they can apply toward better meeting the students’ needs.

Parent conferences, PTA meetings, Open Day, home visits and other social events are some of the opportunities parents and teachers can use to interact with each other.

Usually, parents have busy schedules and may not be able to have face-to-face interactions with their children’s teachers, so it is important that a variety of strategies are adopted to the needs of both parties and their schedules. Some of these strategies include; phone calls, e-mails, sending folders of a child’s work to their parents for review and many more.

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