How to Build a Good Relationship with your Child’s Teacher

Your child’s teacher is such an important part of their life…and by default, yours. Five days a week, your child is in the care of their teacher and it’s not only their academic life which is in the hands of the teacher but also their social and emotional needs. This is why it’s so important to foster a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with them. Some schools, like this independent school in Hertfordshire place a lot of emphasis on this strong relationship between parents and staff.

There are some very simple ways in which you can show your child’s teacher that you’re on the same side as they are and that you understand the pressures of their job. Showing this to a teacher will allow them to handle your child with more confidence because they know you’re with them all the way and in every aspect.

Meet your child’s teacher as soon as possible

If your child is about to enter a new class, ensure that you try to meet their teacher…however briefly, as soon as possible. This will give you the opportunity to share any special information you may feel is pertinent to the teacher’s care of your child. IEPs can be discussed if there is one in place, likes and dislikes or even phobias…they should all be mentioned so that the teacher has some knowledge of what your child is like.

Find out how to contact the teacher

Some teachers prefer email, others don’t mind a quick chat after school ends. Whichever your child’s teacher prefers should be the method you stick to. This shows respect for their busy timetable and will enable you to get the best out of the time they do have to offer

Find something to compliment 

Compliments can be a boost for busy, pressured teachers. Even something as simple as admiring the way in which they have set up their classroom can go a long way. Teachers put a lot of thought into the way they teach and the resources they use…knowing that parents appreciate this helps them in more ways than one.

Always speak positively of the teacher 

Never say anything negative about the teacher in front of your child. Your child needs to fully trust their teacher so even if you have doubts, keep them to yourself or tackle them through the appropriate channels.

Turn up to the special events 

Whether it’s the Christmas play or a sing song for the parents, teachers invest hours of time in these one-off performances and showcases. Knowing that parents enjoy and appreciate them is vital for their continued dedication. Turn up for these things, compliment and thank the teacher for arranging them.

Give thanks 

Receiving recognition from management is vital for good teachers to continue on their path towards helping children be the best that they can. If your child’s teacher puts in a special effort to help your child grow, write to the head to let them know how pleased and grateful you are…and don’t forget to personally thank the teacher themselves!

Remember that teachers are human. They may also be parents themselves and have their own children to worry about. Most teachers have an innate desire to help children grow and learn in a happy, encouraging environment so remember this and your child will ultimately benefit from a strong relationship with their teacher.

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