Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Two-way communication

About this Illustration of Practice

A teacher of a composite year 4/5 class is committed to establishing and maintaining effective written communication with the parents/carers of each of her students. She has adopted a strategy at the beginning of the school year where she comments on each student's 'diary sheets' about their daily progress. The parent/carer responds daily, ensuring a two-way dialogue. The dialogue may relate to learning needs or behavioural issues. The goal of the communication is to improve each student's learning and/or learning dispositions.

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 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.7
Engage parents/ carers in the educative process
Career stage
Plan for appropriate and contextually relevant opportunities for parents/ carers to be involved in their children’s learning.
  1. How can or do you establish and maintain respectful collaborative relationships with parents/carers?
  2. How could systems and processes used, or in place within your school be improved to engage parents/carers?
  3. What opportunities do you provide for parents/cares to be involved in their children's learning?
Ross Park Primary School
Northern Territory
Year level
Year 4
Year 5
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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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 over four years after previously teaching in western Queensland. In her composite class of year 4 and 5 students she has been maintaining daily communication with every one of her students' parents/carers in order to alert them to behavioural and learning issues.

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