A teacher talking with a parent/carer

Share information through home–school communication

Middle years

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Students on the autism spectrum may not always communicate with their parents/carers about what is happening at school, or with their teachers about what is happening at home. If parents/carers and teachers don’t know about students’ issues in areas such as relationships, bullying, homework, and assignments, they can’t provide support in these areas. 

Home–school communication involves a student’s parents/carers and teachers sharing important information about the student on a regular basis to support the student’s success at home and school. A strong partnership between home and school helps parents/carers and teachers to provide consistent support across home and school settings.

Home–school communication can also help parents/carers support middle years students with other aspects of entering high school, such as taking the appropriate materials every day for each subject and being prepared for changes to timetables for special events like sporting carnivals.

Teachers can foster strong partnerships by providing parents/carers with clear guidance and up-to-date information about student progress and homework. Similarly, parents/carers can provide information that will help teachers to develop students’ education plans and understand their social and emotional wellbeing.

This practice will help students to


This practice will help teachers to

understand student needs

plan appropriately

provide consistent support across home and school settings

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This practice is from the core research project