Is your child having a problem at school? Whose problem is it--your child's or the school's? What's the best way to approach the teachers or the principal? Is there anything you can do to 'problem-proof' your child? How can you work with the school to make the whole school better? Negotiating with Your School shows how problems can be solved, using simple steps at the most basic level. Drawing on his experience as parent, teacher and mediator, David West has devised an easy system to get even the most inexperienced parent started. The Adopt system involves admitting there is a problem, discussing it and looking at options, making proposals to solve the difficulty and setting a time to review the solution to see if it is working. This book is an invaluable resource for parents, carers and advisers. It includes advice on finding the right time to talk to your school (whether state or private), what to do if the first approach doesn't achieve anything, suggestions for letters that might achieve results, and what happens if you reach an impasse. There is information on suspensions, questions of privacy, and on how to negotiate with your child, as well as a chapter for non-custodial parents. Everything is negotiable, problems can be solved, and it is worthwhile for our children, and for us, to try.