Multi Academy Trusts is an academy trust that operates more than one academy school. They differ from state schools as the academy can decide what the money funded by the government can be spent on. Communicating with parents is essential for teachers to be successful.
It is so important to have a teacher, parent connection for positive results during the child’s school life. Research shows that parental involvement can free teachers to focus more on the task of teaching children. There has to be a balance though. The parent has to communicate not just the bad but the good.
For example, schools who communicate with parents about bad performance can discourage parent involvement by making parents feel they cannot help their children. However, substantial evidence exists showing that parent involvement benefits students, including raising their academic achievement. There are other advantages too such as increasing motivation for learning, improved behavior, more regular attendance, and a more positive attitude about homework and school in general.
With multi-academy trusts (MATs) there are ways they can improve communications to help to achieve the best results possible. As society changes so does the ways of communication:
Keeping them up to date about behaviour and how well the student is doing academically on parents evening are essential. Communicate and seeing which way the parent prefers to be contacted then it feels like a more personal level. When the parent feels comfortable they will respect you more themselves and want their child to respect the teacher.
Also having the option for the parent to get in touch with a particular teacher can be beneficial. Keeping parents updates on how well they are doing with their homework.
Keeping it traditional as well with letters is still effective but there are faster ways of communication that can be more cost efficient and better for the environment.
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