Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Working alongside parents/carers

About this Illustration of Practice

The school has developed an agriculture program that culminates in an open agricultural show. The teacher in charge collaborates with parents on various aspects of the show, which offers opportunity to build relationships with them and to find out more about the interests of his students. This helps the teacher to build stronger relationships with the students, contributing to a strong sense of community and teamwork throughout the school. The teachers also hold meetings where they discuss how students are progressing, with additional understanding of those students’ contexts through the relationships with families.

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.
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
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to provide appropriate and contextually relevant opportunities for parents/carers to be involved in their children’s learning.
  1. How can you utilise existing relationships with parents / carers to better support your students?
  2. What kind of events might you engage your parent community in?
  3. What strategies could you use to find out more about your students’ interests outside the classroom?
Chifley College
New South Wales
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A classroom teacher in the area of science uses the school farm to hold an agricultural show to display student achievement and build relationships with families. The agriculture enrollment is growing, with 58 students participating.

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