Working in Partnership
Parents play a vital role in their child's education.
When parents are engaged and involved, everyone benefits: children, parents, families, teachers, schools and communities and our school is enriched as a positive place to teach, learn and grow.
Research shows that, where parents know what their children are learning and support that at home, children do much better at school. The work of Professor Charles Desforges tells us that at the age of seven, parental influence on children’s learning is six times that of the school and by the age of eleven it is still a third greater.
Working effectively with parents and carers to help them to support their children’s learning and development is crucial, right through from preschool and nursery to Year 6.
Our vision is that:
- parents are welcomed, respected and valued by the school community as partners in their children’s learning and development.
- parents are seen as the experts regarding their own children, and are listened to.
Our aims are to:
- foster and sustain a positive, welcoming school climate in which all parents perspectives are encouraged, valued and heard;
- create clear and positive communication links with parents, where they know they can approach the school with a problem and it will be positively and promptly acted upon;
- communicate with parents using the media with which they are most comfortable;
- provide useful information about the curriculum and practical advice, including workshops, coffee and chat sessions and meetings that will enable parents to support their children’s learning and development;
- give parents choices in how they want to be involved with their child’s learning;
- share with parents responsibilities for implementing school policies, e.g. promoting positive behaviour, healthy eating, home learning;
- identify and remove barriers to parent engagement that may prevent some parents from fully participating in their children’s learning.