Roles and responsibilities

Who does what in school

Teachers work hard to help their pupils. They have to prepare and deliver the lessons, mark the work, complete paperwork and keep parents up to date. So, when speaking with teachers make it clear that you understand how busy they are..  Teachers often have a very heavy workload but they also want what is best for your child. Let your child’s teacher know that you understand this, it will be a great start in building a positive relationship with them. 

Do you know who to speak to?

When your child needs extra support in class, they can be looked after by a number of different people and you need to know who the right person to talk to is. 

The teacher has to oversee the class, so it might be a classroom assistant who spends most time with your child and knows them best. You might need the head teacher, child psychologist, or other member of your child’s intervention team to change a child’s education or support plan.  

You need try to make sure the right people are present at any meetings you have about your child. Ask if you can schedule meetings for a time when the key people are available. If it is not possible then ask if they can write down or record their comments, so they can be included in the conversation.  

A group of 5 blue characters. Four are adults, one is a child. Two adults are talking to a man who is looking very confused. The two adults are waving their fingers around as though they are making important points. A third man is kneeling on the floor with his hand on the child's shoulder as though explaining something to the child. he and the child look happy and relaxed. The confused man is the parent, trying to work out who he should be talking to.
Make sure you know which person knows your child best!

You might want to ask for someone more senior

It is always best to start conversations with your child’s teacher but if they (or you) need more support, then think about inviting a more senior member of staff, such as the head teacher, to attend as well. They can bring experience, ideas and the authority to make changes.   

Key learning points: 

~Make sure you know who is educating your child and who to speak to on specific issues.

~Be confident in asking for key people to attend meetings and have input into your child’s learning. 

A blue character kneels down to talk to a blue child. He has his hand on the child's shoulder. Both characters are smiling and looking relaxed.
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