Parental Voice and Participation
As a school we are very keen to hear the views of our students’ parents and carers in how we are doing as a school. Our leading edge initiative called “Parental Profiling” gives us a very structured and efficient method for engaging with parents/carers on topics that they feel are most relevant to themselves and their skills set. In addition, below is a summary of the other ways in which we seek parent and carer views.
Summary of current practice:
- New website with an firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail address for easy communication
- Summary poster available on our website of senior staff roles and responsibilities with direct e-mail address for contact
- All students with Planners which is a direct means of communication with home
- Student Services Centre staffed throughout the school day to support communication and student support
- We hold Parents’ Evenings for every year group and Progress Review Days for Year 12.
- Information Evenings in September for parents/carers of students in years 7 – 12.
- “Meet the Tutors” Evening for Year 7 parents/carers early in the new academic year
- We have Options Evenings for Years 9 and 11 parents/carers
- An Induction Evening is held for Year 6 parents in the Summer term
- An Information Evening is held for Year 5 parents in the Summer term
- We seek to involve the parents in celebrating success through contact home; a very successful KS3 Awards Evening held in the summer term and Duke of Edinburgh Awards Evenings to present the Bronze and Silver Awards
- We hold an information evening for parents of students who are supported by Learning Support
- Parents are involved in the creation of Student Profiles for students who receive support from Learning Support
- Parents are involved in the creation of Student Profiles for students for whom the Pupil Premium Grant is received
- Parental courses are held in school on topics such as eSafety, Social Media, Substance Misuse, etc.
- Parental Questionnaires are given out at parents’ evenings
- Formal parental questionnaire is issued every two years (next one is due out in March 2017)
- Head Teacher attendance at the PTA meetings
- Extensive use of twitter by school, head teacher and department and year groups to aid information sharing and celebration of student achievements
What have we improved in the last year?
- Reception has been redesigned to make it more welcoming
- Increased the staffing deployment into Student Services Centre
- Complete restructure of the “Standards and Student Progress Team” to include both additional Welfare Officers and a “front door” welfare and attendance support officer.
- The website has been improved to make it more user friendly.
- SIMS InTouch is being used to communicate messages to parents and to send out information more efficiently than via the post
- Parent tours have been extended for Year 5 and 6 pupils’ parents
- Coffee mornings have been introduced by Learning Support to provide the opportunity to meet specialists in the field and discuss concerns with other parents
- Meet the Tutors Evening has been introduced for the parents/carers of our new Year 7 students, early in the new academic year.
What are we doing to improve our engagement further through 2016-17?
- We are holding revision session for parents in January 2017
- At every parents’ evening or Progress Review Day one of the Deputies or the Head Teacher will be there to answer parent queries
- We are running a skills audit of parents to see if there are any parents who wish to contribute to students’ learning in the school. We already have parents who come in to do talks on Student Development Days and offer work experience and would like to extend this further.
- Continue to undertake a whole school “parental profiling” system where parents are invited to express an interest in being consulted on key aspects of school development. When we are working on that particular strand for improvement a random sample of the profiling group will be consulted with.
- Parent Engagement Coffee Mornings
- Establish whole school parental contact response protocol, i.e. acknowledge within 24hrs, initial response within 48hrs, “brought forward follow up” within 2 weeks.
Our partnership with parents/carers lies at the heart of our success and we are constantly looking for ways to further develop the strength of this partnership.
Ofsted Parent View
We would encourage parents to please complete an Ofsted Parent View Questionnaire via this link: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/