Forging a partnership with you……

At Scotstown we work in partnership with parents through creating a positive ethos where parents are recognised as having the prime role in influencing their children’s lives.  Research has proven that effective partnership with parents does have a positive effect on children’s learning and development.

We aim to:

  • create a positive ethos and climate within the school where parents are valued as having a key role in their child’s education.
  • work collaboratively with the Parent Council.
  • provide structures within the school for partnership with all parents.
  • keep parents informed of the every day life of the school.
  • inform parents of their child’s progress and welfare in school.
  • involve the parents in school activities.
  • seek the views of parents when auditing and reviewing policies and procedures within the school.
  • involve parents in their child’s learning.

Structures for partnership with parents

The school will:

  • create an ethos and climate within the school where the views of all parents are valued, respected and taken account of, irrespective of their ethnicity, culture, background or religion.
  • create opportunities for the parents to come into the school on a regular basis e.g. school book fairs, school events, attend extra-curricular activities, ICT, tooth brushing and library sessions in nursery.
  • seek out possible skills and interests that parents may have that could be incorporated into enhancing the education of the children e.g. taking extra-curricular activities, helping within the school.
  • create clear and positive communication links with parents where they know they can approach the school with a problem and it will be acted upon positively.
  • seek support from outside agencies if there are barriers to partnership due to language and/or culture differences.
  • share responsibilities for implementing school policies on for example bullying, homework, road safety, administration of medicines, health and safety, discipline.
  • provide opportunities for parents to help within the school and on school trips.
  • establish mechanisms for seeking all parents’ views on areas of development/amendments to practice e.g. questionnaires.
  • participate in events and activities within the local community and allow community events to take place within the school.

Learning and teaching

The school will:

  • establish structures to involve parents in being active partners in their children’s learning e.g. through homework, use of home-school packs, story bags, contributing to child’s profiles in the Nursery.
  • provide curriculum induction where the role of parents is explained and ways of helping their children at home are highlighted.
  • keep parents up to date with new methodologies and strategies being implemented within the school e.g. Early Intervention, writing programmes, interactive mental maths.

Information for parents

The school will:

  • provide parents with helpful and informative school and nursery handbooks.
  • communicate with parents through regular informative newsletters.
  • provide alternative modes of communication with parents if appropriate e.g. Braille, translations into other languages, using interpreters, involving support agencies.
  • provide a vehicle for a 2 way communication link from home to school e.g. homework diary/home-school diary.
  • inform parents of extra-curricular activities available and events that may be happening in the local community.
  • regularly update information on the website.
  • display notices and information on the school and nursery notice boards.
  • circulate information from the Parent Council.

Pupil progress and welfare

The school will:

  • inform the parents of child’s progress through written and oral reports.
  • invite parents in to discuss any issues concerning their child throughout the year.
  • have daily opportunities to discuss children’s learning and development with nursery staff.
  • actively involve parents of children with specific needs in drawing up and reviewing IEP targets.
  • inform parents of school expectations on behaviour and attendance e.g. school rules, letters explaining absence from school.
  • inform parents of sanctions and procedures if above are not adhered to.
  • inform parents of procedures for dealing with incidents that may result in children being put at risk.

School Improvement Plan

The school will:

  • regularly seek the views of all parents when developing aspects of the School Improvement Plan through questionnaires, oral feedback at meetings etc.
  • report back to parents on findings of the above and set out action that may result from these findings.
  • inform the parents annually of the school improvement planning areas to be undertaken during the year and progress that has been made.

Monitoring and review

Monitoring and review of partnership with parents is an ongoing procedure within the school.  A more formal evaluation is undertaken within the cycle of School Improvement Planning.

Parental help is valued in Scotstown School and is recognised as a benefit to children, teachers and parents.

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