Academic background: importance of parent-teacher-student communication

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The recipe for a successful academic career relies on a close relationship between school, parents and students – all of whom are required to play their part consistently and effectively in order to thrive.

“We can’t always be sure what the future holds, and we all bring to the table our different life experiences, expectations, abilities and personalities. But working towards a solid foundation of trust and understanding, and always centering the needs of the student, will ensure that, regardless of setbacks and challenges, all parties are able to experience success over the many years that a child will move on to school,” says Desiree. Hugo, Academic Manager at ADvTech Schools, South Africa’s leading private education provider.

Hugo says it should come as no surprise that when it comes to an emotional and life-changing business like a school, with its myriad employees, numerous parents and students, service providers, its schedules, its divergent approaches and its essential and valuable logistics, it is inevitable that there will be a gap in expectations.

The relationships that exist in schools are complex and require constant attention from all stakeholders. Student success and positive student experiences should underpin all endeavors and relationships within a school. Stakeholders must build trust and good faith to ensure consistent student development and performance.

The roles of the three parties – school, students and parents – can be defined as follows:

Parents

The responsibility of the parent is to take an interest in the well-being of their child and to establish relationships. They will choose the school that best suits their child’s interests and are responsible for ensuring that they do their due diligence before enrolling in an institution. Then, once at school, they need to stay involved. Any significant event or change in a child’s life can impact a student’s engagement and learning, and it is important to share this with the school so that the school can better respond to the needs. unique characteristics of the child and provide the necessary support.
It is also worth teaching children the value of perseverance. If there are difficulties, don’t just move the child to another school, but instead work with the school to resolve the issues. It builds character and resilience.

Constantly moving from one school to another does not promote your child’s learning experience. Instead, continually engage with the school to help your child grow and learn the necessary life skills of courage and perseverance. Children are inspired by their parents, so if parents speak derogatoryly about a school or a teacher, that child’s ability to thrive is immediately limited due to a lack of trust.

Get involved in school and extramural activities and seek to be part of the growing community in which you have enrolled your child. In doing so, the school also becomes part of the families’ personal network and support base.

Teachers

The student experience must be at the heart of what teachers do. Their role is to ensure that they develop, inspire and support learning at all stages of education. Teachers build positive relationships with students to ensure that their social and emotional status supports learning. Academic success for all is a key part of the role of teachers, and this is underpinned by forward-looking classroom experiences. Teachers enable inquiry-based, edtech-embedded learning that at all times aligns teaching and learning with the core values ​​of respect, diversity, and inclusion.
By consistently using data in lessons to drive improvement and ensure each student’s progress, teachers are responsible for creating learning engagements and supportive interventions to enable this.

Students

Students should be encouraged to follow school and community philosophy and rules, to attend classes, and to ask questions.

Parents should encourage open and honest communication between themselves and their children, and between teachers and children. Help your child set goals and work towards them. Help them cultivate discipline by ensuring they do their homework and take responsibility for their performance. This will largely eliminate the need for guardians as crutches and build resilience as well as the will and ability to move on after failure.

“When there is mutual support and mutual trust between students, parents and the school, it provides a solid foundation for students who can then concentrate on their studies with confidence and without outside noise resulting in unnecessary conflict. If teachers and parents are able to engage openly and honestly, without fear and focusing on the needs of the child, it provides the ideal framework for academic excellence,” concludes Hugo.

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