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Communicating effectively with parents: supports for schools

Communicating effectively with parents: supports for schools

The school shutdown has put intense pressure on schools to support continuity of learning for their students. This puts extra demands on schools to communicate clearly and effectively with parents. 

We have brought together experts in 4 fields to provide supports for schools and teachers in planning their communications to parents. These are captured in 4 short videos and a booklet outlining the key principles: 

  Person and Topic YouTube Videos Booklet
1 Dr Joanne Banks (School of Education, TCD) on supporting parents of students with additional learning needs Watch YouTube Video Booklet [PDF]
2 Dr Francesca LaMorgia (MotherTongues) on communicating with multilingual parents Watch YouTube Video Booklet [PDF]
3 Barry McAdams (Learnovate) on key principles for managing the user experience online Watch YouTube Video Booklet [PDF]
4 Helen Ryan (NALA) on plain English and clear communication with parents Watch YouTube Video Booklet [PDF]

In collaboration with Mother Tongues we have also produced a booklet of common school messages in multiple languages for schools to use in communicating with multilingual families.  All resources available HERE.

The WEBINAR presenting and discussing these resources and the videos are available HERE.  The webinar has an introduction with Dr Ann Devitt and discussion with panellist Anne-Marie McGovern (Tusla Education Support Services) and Jane O’Connell (Principal of St. Philip the Apostle Junior National School, Clonsilla, Dublin 15).

This work is part of the Family Digital Literacy project, a collaboration with NALA and funded by the Irish Research Council.

Online Video Guidelines

Communicating with Parents: Key Principles of User Experience

Communicating with Parents: Key Principles drawing on Plain English

Communicating with Parents of Children with Disabilities

Communicating with Parents in Multilingual Families

Irish Research Council Learnovate Mother Tongues

NALA, National Adult Literacy Agency St Philip the Apostle Junior National School TUSLA Education Support Services