I had an interesting meeting with some parents recently and they clearly feel that at Primary school they knew how their son was doing at school due to regular informal contact. We had played 'phone tag' for a while and then eventually managed a face-to-face meeting. The meeting was very positive: they wanted to work with me and a colleague to 'get their son back on track' after receiving a monitoring report showing that he was not putting enough effort into his work and his behaviour wasn't great. I gave them my e-mail so that they could easily communicate with me in future. Two weeks on I have exchanged e-mails and all is going well. The parents, child and I all know that improvement was needed and the child's knowledge that his parents and I were communicating about his effort and behaviour have helped facilitate the improvement. So, should teachers e-mail be widely available to parents. Colleague 1,a HOY had the viewpoint as follows, 'No way would I give out my e-mail I would constantly have another demand on my time and it would be another nail in the coffin of me ever achieving any kind of work-life balance. The expectations of teachers and the expansion of responsibility is spiralling out of control. Colleague 2, a new subject leader has said, 'I am thinking of making my e-mail widely available to help with parental communication. 'Even the Headteacher said, be careful what you wish for!' My view is that giving the e-mail to the parents described above meant that we could easily communicate. It saved me time not to have to play phone tag, and I could reply when it suited me, I could carefully consider my response. What do you think?