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Building partnerships with parents

Strong partnerships between parents and professionals are crucial to promoting a child's learning and development. Learn more about these partnerships and the different partners who may be involved with your child.

It's really important that we all work together in partnership to make sure we get the best outcomes for your child. To do this it requires trust, commitment and respect. It's particularly important to develop positive relationships between everyone who is involved with your child or young person.

All partners have an important role to play in developing positive and constructive relationships with your child or young person. This includes the local authority, schools, outside agencies as well as parents and families.

Various people 'partner' in providing an education for your child:

  • The school
  • The headteacher
  • The class teacher
  • Specialist teachers
  • The Local Authority
  • Health specialists
  • Parents

As part of the continuous cycle of helping your child, there are FOUR very important stages in meeting children's Additional Learning Needs. This includes:

  • The identification and assessment of your child's needs,
  • planning suitable provision,
  • implementing agreed actions with clear intended outcomes,
  • and reviewing the provision to ensure it is meeting your child's needs.

Developing effective partnerships

Effective partnerships require commitment, trust and respect from all partners. Learn more about effective partnership working and how this helps your child to get the most from their education.

Roles and responsibilities

All partners have an important role to play in helping your child or young person to reach their full potential. Find out about the different roles and responsibilities of each partner.

The partnership process

We know that involving parents in their children's education has real benefits for everyone. The partnership process is as important as the outcomes.

Overcoming obstacles

Clear communication between partners is an essential aspect of effective partnership working.

Working with teachers

Good relationships between parents and teachers ensure that children receive appropriate support at school.

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