October Meeting 2018
The meeting today was an open forum to discuss any changes parents would like to see in school.
There were a number of recommendations regarding improving communication between school and home which we will endeavour to implement.
- setting dates for the year and sharing with parents (achieved)
- notifying parents in plenty of time of events such as themed weeks and dressing up days
- sending regular reminder texts on the day before events to reinforce information previously sent by letter or newsletter
- print a copy of the newsletter to add to class noticeboards
Questions were also asked the levels of sugar in school dinners. This has been passed onto Integra Catering who are looking into it. We will publish the information here once we receive it.
Our latest group met to discuss the Marking and Feedback Policy.
Questions asked by Mrs Carter
We are going to be making some changes to our feedback and marking policy and procedures - what do you think of the suggested changes?
How should we inform parents of the changes we are making?
The existing system for marking and feedback was explained. Currently teachers annotate their planning to make note of how children's learning has progressed in a lesson, they also mark work and write comments and next steps in each child's exercise book. This means that teachers are often repeating the same information in a number of books or recording the same information in a number of places.
Feedback is vitally important for children to maximise progress but it was explained that the senior teachers in the school had been trialling a new system for marking and feedback. Marking in books will be minimal and teachers will record more detailed information on whole class feedback sheets.
Parents at the forum suggested some changes to the feedback sheets to ensure that the work of every child is reviewed and noted.
It was also recommended that the school prepare a video explaining the changes that could then be placed on the school website for parents to access at their convenience.
Parents were keen to know how this paper form would be used. It was explained that the whole class feedback sheets would inform next steps in teaching, intervention work and end of term assessments. Parents requested an information sheet be sent home prior to Parents' Evening to inform them of the children's attainment and any areas needing support.
Other subjects discussed:
We also discussed parking issues, as parking in the turning circle at the rear of the school remains a problem. Apparently South Gloucestershire Council are reviewing the placement of yellow lines - if parents wish to add their views they can do so by contacting the council.
Our latest group met to discuss the Anti-Bullying Policy and Behaviour Policy.
Questions asked by Mrs Carter
At what point would you want to be informed of an issue involving your child?
Is there anything else you would expect the school to do?
Comments from parents present:
Children anti-bullying policy: Does the specificity of the section ‘What is bullying?’ give children ideas about how to bully other children? Should the wording be vaguer so as not to suggest how they might hurt other children?
Behaviour and discipline policy: Could there be an extra stage included for Key Stage Two whereby they have time out in an area of the classroom first before being sent for time out elsewhere? This would mirror the Key Stage One practice and mean the children are not immediately missing out on learning.
Parents would want to be informed immediately if there was a physical act of bullying or aggression.
Parents don’t expect to be informed of every small disagreement or falling out – they are generally happy for these things to be dealt with by school. However, if there were repeated incidents (2 or 3 occasions) with the same children, or if their child was exhibiting the same behaviour, they would want to be informed.
Parents felt that this was reliant on good communication between school and parents. The policy of staff being available, on the playground in the morning, and after school has improved opportunities for communication.
Some classes send home regular mid-term updates which parents like to receive. These always reiterate that the teacher is available after school if parents want to chat. Other teachers communicate effectively by text – though school must be mindful of the times at which we text.
The Stay and Play sessions were well received and informative. Parents would like to do this again.
Thank you for your feedback.
|Can children perform carols for parents?||Each class to perform a carol at the Christmas Fair and parents to be invited to the Christingle Service.|
|Would social events such as a talent show or fashion show be of interest?||PTA to hold a meeting in the new year with representatives from all classes welcome.|
|Can new parents be informed that they are welcome to view books before or after their parents' evening slot?||That information will be added to the letter for the next Parents' Evening.|
|Can reception parents be informed that monthly reports will end with transition and the new system explained?||A letter will be sent to explain the changes and how Target Tracker works in the summer term.|
|If there is an event, such as parents' DT day, can parents and children be told on the same day to avoid confusion?||This will be passed onto teachers at the next staff meeting.|
|Can news articles be included in the Bradley Stoke press?||Mrs Carter will email the Bradley Stoke press in addition to Little Stoke and Patchway who already publish our news stories.|
|Can the parents' forum be at a different time to encourage more attendance?||Next forum to be at 2.15pm - date to be confirmed.|
|Can parents be given more information about interventions - why children are chosen, what they need to work on, how parents can help?||The letters will be amended from the next cycle of intervention.|
|Can the website be updated - particularly the staff section?||A new staff section will soon be included.|
|Can parents have more regular feedback on their children's progress and next steps?||A new 'Bridge the Gap' slip will be trialled this term.|
|Can parents be informed if a child is painting?||All children to keeo an old shirt in school to protect their school uniform on painting days.|
|Can social events be earlier or on a Friday?||The next event is planned for a Friday night and child-care is provided.|
|Can there be social events for the children, like a disco?||This is being arranged for Term Two. Date to be confirmed.|
|Can maths and grammar workshops be year group specific?||This change will be implemented at the next workshop.|
|Can Reception access after-school clubs?||This will be possible once children have settled in from Term Two.|
|Can the school provide optional summer homework?||Some classes already do. We will ensure consistency next year.|