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Encouraging parents' feedback: governors' responsibilities
Find out about your board's role in relation to gathering parents' feedback, and see ways in which you can collect it.
Governors' reports to parents
Do we need to produce an annual report for parents? It is no longer statutory for governing bodies in England to produce an annual report for parents, although those in Wales are required to do so. This article features a KeyDoc with a suggested format for a report and links to examples from schools.
If you decide to have a home-school agreement, take a look at examples from schools to get some inspiration for what you can include in yours.
How to help your school improve links with parents
As the chair of governors, find out some practical ideas of what you can do, and what you can suggest to your school, to encourage stronger ties with parents.
Parent and staff surveys: governors' role
Surveys can be an effective way to gather feedback from parents and staff, but there's a right and wrong way to do it. Read this to be sure you're on the right track.
School newsletter: governors' role
What should we expect to see in our school's newsletter to parents? This article sets out advice from 3 of The Key's associate education experts on governors' role in relation to the school newsletter. It also links to a further article on forming a school communications strategy.
Social media: how to prevent and respond to poor parent behaviour
Parents can sometimes be defamatory, negative or inappropriate on social media. Take these steps to prevent and deal with any incidents.
Strategies for communicating with parents and other stakeholders
How should the governing body communicate with stakeholders? We relay advice from our associate education experts on developing a communication strategy for the school. We also look at communications policies from schools.
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