Partnership with Parents

At SMMA Primary we want to work in partnership with the parents of our pupils.  Partnership starts with good communication. Here are a few of the ways we stay in touch with the parents at school. 

Senior leader on the gate at the beginning and end of the school day We want our school leaders to be accessible for parents to be able to ask questions, offer suggestions and share concerns.
Teaching staff in the playground at the beginning and end of the school day Children are collected and dropped off in the playground. Teachers will be in the playground at least five minutes before the bell goes in the morning so you can pass on any messages.
Pupil planner Each pupil has their own personal planner which is used as a reading record and for notes between school and home.  
Text messages We will send you reminders about events coming up
Newsletter Each week, our headteacher writes a school newsletter.  This is full of important information and diary dates so do check this each week.
Letters Specific letters will go out for different events.  Look out for these in book bags.
Parents' Evening These are held midway through the Autumn and Spring terms.
Meet the teacher events At the beginning of the school year, we invite parents to an after school meeting to meet the new class teacher and find out more about the curriculum and routines.
Workshops We host a variety of workshops throughout the year.
Email We recognise that for some parents it is challenging to meet with teachers and senior leaders in person or over the telephone due to work.  Staff are happy to communicate via email in this case.
Chalkboard in the playground On way to and from school at collection we often have a chalkboard outside to remind pupils and families about upcoming events.

How can I suport my child's education?

Parental engagement with school and education can encompass a number of different things and different ways.  If parents are unable to be in school it does not mean that they are still not providing vital support.  Below are some of the different ways parents can be involved. 

Parental involvement with the school Coming on school trips; attending school events; coming to Parents' Evenings
Parental involvement with children's schooling Helping with home learning
Parental engagement with children's learning Moral support; discussing learning at home; demonstrating a positive attitude towards learning

 

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