Estyn 2009 reports that, where there is good practice in planning parental involvement, schools understand that parents:
- Like to be involved in their child’s school
- Want the school to know them personally as individuals and be kept well informed about the progress made by their children
- Need clear information about day-to-day matters that affect their children
- Feel more confident if they know the staff and have a basic understanding of the curriculum
- Are willing to support school events
- 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
- 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
- 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