Developing home–school relationships
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This chapter presents the attitudes, commitment and skills that are required to promote effective parent-teacher communication. The development of positive home-school relationships is important for the education of all children. Where children have special educational needs, the need for staff to develop an informed understanding and skills that will support positive communication with parents is heightened. The participation of parents of children with special educational needs in statutory assessment procedures has a comparatively long history, having been introduced by the 1981 Education Act. Parents and teachers have distinctly different relationships with children and see them in contexts that make differing personal, social and cognitive demands of them. Equally important as their communication skills, are the attitudes and commitment of teachers to the development of their relationships with parents. Genuine two-way communication between home and school requires positive attitudes and commitment from both parents and teachers.