When planning to share concerns with parents, it is important to gather as much information as possible, with tangible examples of the concern, and its impact on the student, staff member and school.
Consider who is best placed to have the conversation. Depending upon the type and level of concern, it may be more appropriate for a teacher to refer the student to wellbeing staff, rather than make contact directly with parents. If the parent is known to a staff member, it may be easier to make contact and raise the concern than if there is no pre-existing relationship. Decisions should then be made about when and how to include the student, particularly older students.
Decide on how to make initial contact. Consider your timing and the amount of information to share. Plan a method for communicating concerns and be prepared for a range of parent responses.