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A Resource for Working with African Families

725 Downloads, 28 November 2011

This guide was developed by the Horn of Africa Communities Network and Foundation House. It aims to support education providers with tips on how to work more closely and effectively with parents and children from African countries. It examines the barriers and gaps faced by parents and suggests practical strategies and ways of responding.

Tips for Meeting with Parents

1453 Downloads, 29 August 2010

Parents' attitudes to schooling has changed over time. They are often more demanding. This Tip Sheet provides some ideas on how to hold productive meetings with parents and maintain relationships.

Positive Partnerships with Parents

1682 Downloads, 24 August 2010

This booklet is a "must have" for all teachers. It provides tips and ideas to build effective partnerships with families based on mutual trust, respect and shared responsibility . It provides practical communication strategies for working with parents, dealing with emotionally charged situations and complex meetings, as well as planning processes for parent teacher interviews.

5 Steps to Great Communication in Complex Situations

1459 Downloads, 24 August 2010

This step by step process supports teachers communicate with parents in complex situations- especially where emotions are high and issues are personally challenging. Key words - issues, agreement, solutions, skills, 5 tips, complex, situations, communication

The 4 Vital Steps in Good Communication

1714 Downloads, 24 August 2010

Projecting professionalism fast enhances relationships between teachers and parents. These 4 steps provide a simple and effective guideline to assist parent-teacher meetings. Key words - rapport, contribution, advice, issues

Action Planning template

1842 Downloads, 12 July 2010

Don’t let a good idea get away! - This simple planning sheet enables participants to identify key ideas from workshops or meetings. It assists clarification and ownership of new directions, concepts or ideas.

Communication Planning Sheet

1973 Downloads, 12 July 2010

A simple template for executive teams to assist build communication within and across the school community. The 5 W's template can be used with a variety of questions to enhance school inmprovement and build on current strategies.

P&F Minutes Proforma

1197 Downloads, 27 June 2010

A simple and practical template for recording minutes in P&F (and all) meetings

P&F Communication Landmines

1900 Downloads, 27 June 2010

A series of tips and protocols that parents and volunteers in schools need to know. e.g email protocol, privacy issues, copyright rules and fundraising ideas that are potential "Landmines" for parent volunteers and P&F teams.Key words - internet, email, finances, courtesy, copyright, expectations

Annual School Report Activities

1536 Downloads, 23 June 2010

Activities and processes to gain information for Annual School Report / School Review. Sample ideas for parent activities at school meetings. Key words - feedback, homework, suggestions, reflection


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