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Parents in Partnership. Frome Valley First School Crossways. Background. Moved to new site last September Previously in Owermoigne Over 90\% of children bussed to school Didn’t see the parents Communication with them a real issue!. We had …. Half-termly Newsletters

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parents in partnership

Parents in Partnership

Frome Valley First School

Crossways

background
Background
  • Moved to new site last September
  • Previously in Owermoigne
  • Over 90% of children bussed to school
  • Didn’t see the parents
  • Communication with them a real issue!
we had
We had …..
  • Half-termly Newsletters
  • Termly curriculum statements
  • Home-School diaries
  • Reading records between home and school
  • Parent interviews twice each year
  • Informal – Harvest, Nativity etc
  • Website – early stages of development
but we needed to do more
But we needed to do more …
  • We recognised the need to get parents involved
  • Involving parents is known to raise standards
  • And then we were inspected
assessment for learning
Assessment for Learning
  • Shirley Clarke project
  • Started with teaching methods
  • Changes in marking of children's’ work
  • We needed to tell the parents!
  • We need to get them on board in order for them to support their child’s learning
the first information evening
The first Information Evening
  • AfL information evening
  • Lots of parents came
  • High level of interest, many questions
  • Evaluation indicated the requests for more such evenings
next information evening
Next Information Evening
  • Parents requested one on Reading
  • It bombed! 4 parents!
so we had a rethink
So we had a rethink …….
  • We decided to tell parents what’s in it for them –
  • - understand what their children are doing in the classroom
  • - help them with their homework
  • - develop their own skills, even in Maths!
  • - and we put on an Open Morning straight after the event for parents to come and see it in action
  • - and we gave them a leaflet to take away
and the format of the evenings
And the format of the evenings ..
  • Tell parents the Aims of the meeting and how long it is likely to last
  • Bums on Seats! Tell them we will put on the evening if there is sufficient interest
  • Don’t do it on a Beavers/ Cubs/ Rainbows/ Brownies etc night
  • Put on a crèche, pre-school leaders may help
parent s participation
Parent’s participation
  • We have done Maths – parents very reluctant to participate in practical activities
  • Videoing the children very popular!
  • All teachers involved in presentations
  • Leaflets – we gave them a leaflet to take away
  • Evaluations ……
act on evaluations
Act on evaluations!
  • We produce a summary of the evaluations following an event and sent it out to all the parents
  • Indication of future events
  • Report to Governors
  • Put in Ofsted file!
  • Act on the evaluations – future events
school website
School website
  • All leaflets given out at Information Evenings are put on the website – and tell parents they are on there!
  • Other AfL information there also including children’s work
governor s annual meeting
Governor’s Annual Meeting
  • No longer a requirement

But:

  • A valuable opportunity we chose to keep
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Governor’s Annual Meeting
  • Stage manage the meeting
  • Give parents 2 topics to discuss
  • 3 positives and 1 or 2 areas to clarify
  • Written summary to parents after the meeting
  • Keep the evidence!
  • A genuine consultation meeting with parents as stakeholders
the principles
The principles ……
  • Tell parents of the opportunity
  • Establish interest in the event
  • Provide it! (and eliminate any excuses)
  • Those present complete an evaluation
  • After the event - summarise the discussions in a written form to all parents
  • Act on this, or not, but tell parents in any case
what s next for us
What’s next for us …..
  • Family Literacy and Numeracy, get parents involved
  • Webster-Stratton parenting skills
  • Surgeries for parents of children on the SEN register
  • Parents’ Council
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Parents in Partnership

……so in summary,

  • Ask them what they want
  • Respond – positive and negative, but give reasons
  • Take action!
  • Tell them what you have done and what the outcome is
  • Tell them the next step
  • And give them a leaflet …….
finally
Finally …..
  • All stakeholders can be challenging
  • Parents are positive if they are informed knowledgeable and feeling confident
  • Listen to their views! Invite comments, tell them the school is listening and responding
  • Take a deep breath and bring them on board!
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