How Can I Be Involved In My Child’s Education?
Parents and Carers Rights and Responsibility
We believe that parents and carers have the right to open and full information about their children. This will usually be provided by the class teacher, or on occasion the Headteacher. Parents/carers also have the right to have any complaint heard and these will usually be resolved by the Headteacher. If, in rare cases, the parent/carer is still unhappy, they can contact the Chair of Governors, or another governor, or the Local Authority.
Parents/carers and school share the responsibility for the health and safety of children. It is important that the children attend every day and arrive punctually. After school children must be collected promptly and it is important for the school to know collection arrangements each day, especially when these vary. Parents/carers should also inform the school of any changes in the child’s home circumstances, especially if there are court orders or injunctions affecting the child’s welfare.
Helping: At Home
Parental attitudes to learning and to school life are vitally important and we value parental input. It is important that children know that their parents/carers are working with them and with us to help them make progress. Parents/carers can reinforce enthusiasm for learning and pride in achievements, however small and laboriously attained.
We expect parents/carers to work within the commitments made in our home school agreement, which were devised and agreed wholeheartedly by our present body of parents. The agreement is reviewed annually.
All children take home a reading bag containing a home/school reading book and reading record book. There may be reading, spelling or number games or activities. From Year 1, children will also have a piece of English and a piece of mathematics homework weekly. Early in each term or half term, parents/carers are invited to a meeting with their child’s class teacher. This is to inform parents/carers of curriculum plans for that period and we hope that it will enable parents/carers to be tuned in to what their children will be learning so that they can enrich school work at home. An information sheet is available for parents/carers who cannot attend the meeting.
Periodically there will be curriculum meetings for parents/carers to learn more about a specific area or development. These meetings are well attended and indicate the high level of parental commitment. We hold ‘Family Fun Learning Events’ annually for families to work together.
We are delighted when parents/carers offer to join in school activities. If you would like to help or you have a particular skill to share, please let us know.
Children and teachers greatly appreciate help with a range of activities, some of which are difficult without the help of parents/carers e.g. cookery, sewing and other crafts. Regular help with reading is also greatly valued, as is general help in the classroom.
There are many ways in which parents/carers and other members of the community are involved in the life of the school, e.g. Helping with clubs, accompanying children on school trips, or making equipment such as book sacks and games for our younger children. Please do come forward and let us know if you are able to give of your time or expertise.
All volunteer helpers must have DBS checks, which the school arranges.
In order to help parents/carers know how best to support their children’s learning we have:
Ø Induction meetings, ‘Inspire sessions’, during the Summer Term for parents/carers of new September entrants
Ø ‘How’ drop in sessions for parents/carers who want support in current methods of teaching .
Ø Parent Partnership – Meetings for parents/carers of children with Special educational Needs
Ø Other adult learning may take place where there is a specific demand
Ø Family Fun Learning Events
We also have special learning or curriculum events for families through the year.
- Weekly - The Binstead Buzz Newsletter
- Annually - Parents/Carers & Pupils questionnaires, which form part of our self evaluation process (We will consult on specific issues throughout the year)
- Electronically through texting and e-mail. Most parents/carers opt for information this way