Communicating with school

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Talking to your child’s school can seem quite daunting. Whether you are preparing for a parent-teacher meeting, asking for an opportunity to speak to the teacher about a problem you’re concerned with or coping with a school exclusion or truancy there are ways of communicating with your child’s school that will help you get the result you’re hoping for.

In this section you’ll find advice on the best way to approach staff at school to deal with any issues that arise, managing allergies, and asking for holiday time, and you can also head over to our Forum where other parents will be able to offer you some great tips too.

Articles

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What to do when your child hates school
Frequent sick-days and a general reluctance to go in are signs that your child is not enjoying their school experience. Follow this expert advice on how to address and resolve these issues.
Term-time holidays
Holidays in term time: the parents’ guide
Once your child is at full-time school, cheap term-time holidays become a thing of the past. But who sets school term dates, and is taking your child out of school for a family break really a big no-no? TheSchoolRun explains.
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School reports decoded
It’s the end of term and that means one thing – school report time. But what exactly do those cryptic comments in your child’s report mean? Jessica Powell gets teachers to explain.
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Communicating with school