Parents/Carers and School – A Partnership

Education is a shared responsibility. Parents and carers play a hugely important role in their children’s educational development and the benefits of home and school working in partnership are enhanced when parents and carers:

  • Spend time discussing the day’s activities with their child so that education is a process that does not end with the school bell.
  • Take an interest in what their child is learning.
  • Read to and with their child or sing songs and nursery rhymes with younger children.
  • Use maths and numbers in everyday activities – shopping, cooking, looking up bus or train times – or count things together with younger children when out and about – trees, windows, cars!
  • Choose television viewing that supports learning and watch programmes with their child.
  • Encourage membership of clubs or organisations and an interest in hobbies, which helps to broaden children’s experiences.

Communication between Home and School – We encourage an open door policy and teachers are available to speak to parents and carers after school most days on any issue, no matter how small it may seem. If you are worried about any aspect of your child’s development or well-being, please do come and see us. Appointments can be made if you would like a longer meeting.

Parent/Carer Consultation Evenings – These are held in the Autumn Term and Spring Term and provide the opportunity for you to have an individual meeting with your child’s teacher to discuss progress, achievements and any concerns you may have. You will also be able to discuss how you can support your child’s learning at home.

Record of Achievement – In July all parents/carers receive a written report on their child’s achievements over the past year, together with their targets. You will have an opportunity to discuss this with your child’s teacher.

Letters – We aim to keep parents/carers fully informed about school events, dates etc. Letters will be sent home with your child. School newsletters are sent home on a Thursday. Please look out for this each week as it contains information you will need. Extra copies are available from our school office.

Curriculum information workshops – We sometimes hold workshops for parents and carers to help you understand what and how your child is learning. Workshops may be based on maths or reading development etc. and will always include suggestions as to how you can help your child at home.

Family Learning – We offer Family Learning courses during the school year, according to demand. We publicise these courses through our newsletter.

Volunteering in School – Parent/carer involvement is always greatly valued! You can help in a number of ways, by sharing your time and/or talents in school or at home. Extra pairs of hands really make a difference to the opportunities we can offer our children. If you are able to help in any way, please let us know when you are available. Your child’s class teacher can discuss ideas of what type of help would be most useful. We ask parents/carers volunteering a regular commitment to support in classes other than their own child’s class.

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