Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Engaging parents and carers

About this Illustration of Practice

The teacher recognises the importance of building parent trust.  She is proactive in communicating with parents/carers about their children's learning and well-being by providing a range of communication opportunities.

Standard 7
Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community
Focus area 7.3
Engage with the parents/carers
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Demonstrate responsiveness in all communications with parents/carers about their children’s learning and wellbeing.
  1. What methods of communication with parents and carers do you use in your classroom?
  2. How can you be more proactive about sharing information and keeping open communication channels with parents and carers?
Brighton Primary School
South Australia
Stage of schooling
School type
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This is a metropolitan school in the Adelaide area. The school also has a unit for hearing impaired students. This class has five students with English as a second language or dialect (EAL/D) who have Bilingual School Services Officer (BSSO) access.  Communication with parents who have hearing impairments is managed by visual means such as text, email and the class wiki.
Content provider
Department of Education and Child Development South Australia

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