Parental Involvement Policy

Introduction

All parents and carers are equally valued as part of our school community. Children’s learning is improved when we work in partnership
with their parents or carers, and their wider family. We therefore believe in close cooperation with all families, and in regular
consultation between the home and the school.

Aims and Objectives

Our aims through parental involvement are:

  • To enhance the learning experiences of all pupils;
  • To encourage parents and carers to be involved in the children’s learning;
  • To provide a partnership between home and school, seeking to ensure that families feel welcome and valued;
  • To ensure that maximum use is made of all these adults’ skills to enrich learning opportunities.

The School’s ‘Open Door’ Policy

The staff and governors at Beecroft Lower School (now known as Beecroft Academy) offer an ‘open door’ policy to all parents/carers; this means that parents/carers can
access the school and school staff at all reasonable and convenient times. School staff will work hard to help all parents/carers to the best of their ability; they will be happy to listen to good news and will also endeavour to deal with questions, queries and concerns in a
positive and swift manner. Ultimately, all school staff will help all parents/carers in any way they can. If the member of staff is unable to help, then they will seek information and advice from other relevant parties and the parent/carer will receive a response in due course.
If a parent/carer needs to speak to a member of the school staff their first point of contact is their child’s class teacher.
Parents/carers can contact their child’s class teacher in a number of ways, including:

  • Writing a message in their child’s Home Learning Diary
  • Speaking to the class teacher on the playground before school when they are on duty
  • Asking the ‘before school duty teacher’ to pass on a message to their child’s class teacher, asking them to make contact
  • Speaking to their child’s class teacher at the end of the day after the rest of the children have left the building
  • Contacting the school office by telephone and leaving a message for their child’s class teacher to contact them

NB Parents/carers will avoid coming into the school office to alleviate congestion in the school corridor.
Nearly all questions and queries will be sorted out by a child’s class teacher. The school’s office staff will only be able to help with matters related to the office, such as uniform and free school meals. To avoid congestion in the corridors it is recommended that parents/carers speak to the office staff about such matters either by phone or by sending a note to their child’s class teacher.

Also, any parent/carer asking to speak to a member of the senior team, including the Headteacher, will be asked if they have spoken to their child’s class teacher first. If they have not spoken to their child’s class teacher, they will be asked to do so before an appointment will be made with a member of the senior team.
If a parent/carer does require an appointment with the Headteacher, they will need to contact the school by telephone and ask to speak
to the Headteacher’s Personal Assistant. S/he will record a reason for the appointment and will organise an appropriate date and time.

Communication

School staff work hard to communicate effectively with parents/carers. They do this in a number of ways:

  • School prospectus
  • Letters
  • Flyers
  • Face-to-face discussion opportunities
  • At school events and celebrations e.g. the Governors’ annual report to parents/carers
  • Via the schools website www.beecroftacademy.co.uk

When communicating with parents/carers, either face-to-face, on the telephone or in writing, school staff will be polite and respectful. It is expected that all parents/carers will also behave in a polite and respectful manner when speaking to children, staff, governors and other parents/carers from the school. A ‘zero tolerance’ approach will be taken with any parent/carer considered to be behaving in a verbally or physically aggressive, abusive or violent manner. Parents/carers who behave in this way will be asked to leave the building and the Police may be called. Also, the Headteacher, supported by the Governing Body, will contact the Local Authority to seek legal advice with regard to action that will be taken in response to this type of behaviour.

Involvement in Children’s Learning

In order to find out about their child’s learning, parents/carers can:

  • Speak with their child’s class teacher informally
  • Attend Parent/Carers’ Evening twice a year
  • Attend sessions where they are invited to look at their child’s work/books twice a year
  • Read their child’s annual report card
  • Read their child’s annual report
  • Attend a wide range of events, assemblies, performances etc to see their child participating in school life

Parents/carers are asked to sign a Home-School Learning Agreement when their child starts at the school. This agreement makes it clear the expectations of the school in terms of how a parent/carer should support their child’s learning.
In order to support their child’s learning parents/carers can:

  • Ensure that their child is in school everyday, on time
  • Carry out the daily home learning activities suggested by the school e.g. reading
  • Attend regular curriculum workshops that are organised to assist parents/carers in supporting their child’s learning.
  • Support their child with the focussed, enrichment activities that are sent home from school

School staff value the support that is given to children at home by their parents/carers as this helps children to make great strides of progress in school.

Involvement in the life of the school

School Visits
Parents/carers are more than welcome to visit the school and spend time in the classrooms in order that they can understand school life and the provision that is being made for the children. Appointments are made via the school office.

Volunteering to Help in School
Parents/carers are warmly invited to help in school with activities such as educational trips, supporting children’s learning in the classroom or hearing children read. Parents/carers are also invited, where appropriate, to visit classes and groups of children to give talks or demonstrations on areas of interest in which they are experts. Any parent/carer who is interested in helping in school should contact their child’s class teacher.
NB It is necessary to organise a personal background check with the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) on any person who will be working with children in school, prior to that person’s involvement.

The Friends of Beecroft
The school has a successful group of parents/carers and staff called the ‘Friends of Beecroft’, who work very hard to offer exciting, enrichment opportunities for the children and raise money for the school. Any parent/carer wishing to join, or offer support to, the ‘Friends of Beecroft’ should telephone the school office and ask for further details. This body of parents/carers and school staff works voluntarily to raise money for the school.

Parent/Carers’ Forum
The school offers an opportunity for parents and carers to contribute to the development of the school provision by taking part in the Parent/Carer Forum. Parents/carers can explore a range of topical school issues and provide information and ideas to supportimprovement.

The School’s Extended Service

  • The Beehive SureStart Children’s Centre

Beecroft School offers a wide range of activities in which parents/carers, children and families can get involved. For further details contact The Beehive SureStart Children’s Centre staff on 01582 699092.

The Governing Body
The Governing Body will seek our parents/carers who are willing to serve as members of the school Governing Body when a position becomes available. Parent Governors represent the views of parents/carers.

Consultation

The school will make every effort to consult parents and carers, both formally and informally, about their views on school life, children’s
learning and new initiatives.  Periodically, the school will seek parental views more formally, through an annual survey, or a questionnaire on a particular theme.
The school values regular feedback, and will make every effort to act on parents/carers’ views, wherever possible. Parents/carers are welcomed to provide such feedback through the formal channels, as detailed above, or on an ad hoc basis. The school welcomes
regular feedback both about positive aspects or where improvements could be made.

Finding out about the School

The governing body publishes ‘The School Profile’ once a year; this is shared at the Governors’ Annual Report to Parents/Carers.
After an Ofsted inspection, parents/carers will receive a summary of the findings; the report can also be accessed online at
www.ofsted.gov.uk.

Monitoring and Review

The Headteacher will monitor the implementation of this policy and will submit periodic evaluation reports on its effectiveness to the Governing Body.
This policy will be reviewed every two years (or earlier if necessary).

A. Haywood (Headteacher)

Autumn 2014