Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Engaging parents/carers

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher outlines the importance of engaging for parents/carers in her school and demonstrates how this can be achieved responsively and respectfully. In a formally scheduled parent/carer interview, she reports clearly and accurately about a student’s progress and uses work samples to demonstrate the student’s development within her teaching program. Informal interactions with parents/carers who are visiting the class regularly, or who are involved in teaching activities, have developed through her willingness to identify, initiate and build on opportunities to engage parents/carers in their child’s learning.

Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.3
Engage with the parents/carers
Career stage
Establish and maintain respectful collaborative relationships with parents/ carers regarding their children’s learning and wellbeing.
Other descriptors
Standard 5
Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
Focus area 5.5
Report on student achievement
Career stage
Report clearly, accurately and respectfully to students and parents/carers about student achievement, making use of accurate and reliable records.
  1. What opportunities are there for you to develop and maintain respectful and positive relationships with parents/carers?
  2. In what ways could you more actively involve parents/carers in parts of your teaching program?
  3. What examples of student work would you typically use to explain student’s progress at a parent/carer-teacher interview?
Ross Park Primary School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 1
Stage of schooling
School type
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Ross Park is the oldest government primary school in Alice Springs. It has almost 400 students of which 25 per cent are Indigenous. The teacher has been at the school for four years. She currently teaches a Transition/year 1 class. She recognizes the importance of parent/carer engagement due to the somewhat transient nature of Alice Springs’ and thus the school’s population. Previously she has found it challenging to engage with parents/carers, and community members, but this year she has included it as part of her teaching goals.

Content provider
Education Services Australia

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