Parental Engagement

Estyn 2009 reports that, where there is good practice in planning parental involvement, schools understand that parents:

  1. Like to be involved in their child’s school
  2. Want the school to know them personally as individuals and be kept well informed about the progress made by their children
  3. Need clear information about day-to-day matters that affect their children
  4. Feel more confident if they know the staff and have a basic understanding of the curriculum
  5. Are willing to support school events
  6. Like to have clear rules for their children that are applied consistently

Ways to be involved in our school

  • Contribute to all surveys and questionnaires which respond to your views.
  • Download the school APP and check it weekly for updated news.
  • Get daily updates from Twitter.
  • Check out class blogs.
  • Attend performances such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter to see your child perform.
  • Engage in home school challenges
  • Support events such as Sports Day or tournaments.
  • Read the half-termly newsletters
  • Come to our Annual Open Evening
  • Support the school committee, Shiremoor Voice with fundraising.
  • Offer help with specialist events e.g. gardening, carpentry, coaching.
  • Come along to special sessions such as ‘Seeing as Believing’

How we can get to know you as individuals and be kept well informed about progress made by children:

  • Attend termly Parent/Teacher Interviews which can be arranged for a time convenient to parents.
  • Ask for an individual Parent/Teacher appointment more regularly just to catch up with the teacher.
  • Respond to the Annual Report to parents.
  • Use the Home School Diary as a daily means of communication with the teacher.
  • Attend Open Evening to look at children’s work.
  • Meet our Lead Learning Mentor who can offer a broad picture of your child in school.

How to find clear information about day to day matters that affect children?

  • School website
  • School APP calendar
  • Start of term letters with ‘dates for the diary’ and regular letters with updates
  • School information boards
  • Twitter
  • The school council ‘Shiremoor Voice’ have their own noticeboard in the entrance

How can I feel confident that I know the staff and have a basic understanding of the curriculum?

  • The school website and prospectus show our staff team
  • The entrance way, highlights names and responsibilities of staff
  • At the Annual Open Evenings in the summer term, parents can formally be introduced to all staff and their roles and can also meet staff informally
  • ‘Seeing is Believing’ gives parents a chance to see all staff in their classrooms and to hear about staffing structures
  • All staff are happy to make appointments to meet parents
  • Homework Diaries provide parents with overviews of curriculum learning and specific examples of spelling, handwriting and maths covered
  • Optional homework ensures parents understand what topics are being covered in each year group
  • Year group curriculum overviews are on the website
  • All classes have class blogs
  • Twitter gives daily snapshots of the curriculum
  • All teachers are happy to meet parents individually to further discuss curriculum
  • Meet our ‘Lead Learning Mentor’ to explain how we can best support you.

How can I support school events?

By attending events offered such as:

  • Seeing is Believing
  • Lessons with your child
  • Family Learning opportunities
  • Open evenings
  • Performances
  • By making donations of appropriate items
  • By offering supportive comments to staff to reflect efforts and commitments
  • By encouraging children to participate in a range of our excellent offered after school clubs

Like to have clear rules for their children that are applied consistently

  • All new staff have a full induction on behaviour management
  • We have a whole school ‘Behaviour Booklet’ sent out annually
  • All children learn the school rules at the start of each term
  • Parent consultation created our Bronze, Silver and Gold Consistent Good Behaviour Awards supported by Northumbria Police
  • Our Discipline Policy is available on the website or School APP
  • School Rules are visible on all classroom doors and in the school hall as a visible reminder to children
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