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  end of the school day Children are collected and dropped off in the playground. Teachers will stay out in the playground at the end of the day so you can pass on any messages.  You may also contact the school office to book a meeting with a teacher.
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 The weekly newsletter 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.

How can I support 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

At SMMA Primary we value the support of parents and carers - we know that by working together we can ensure the best for your child.  However, we do understand that sometimes issues may arise.  Just as we have the SMMA Way for pupils, we also have a Code of Conduct for parents and carers which we expect all to adhere to.  It also includes some answers to some questions parents and carers who are new may have.

Parent and carer code of conduct Primary.pdf

Please also see our Home-School agreement, which outlines the responsibilities of the school, the pupil and the parent/carer to ensure the mutual goal of providing the best possible school environment and social, emotional and academic success for all pupils.


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