Engaging with parents, sharing views and raising concerns
Teachers take the children out to meet parents and carers at the end of the day and so are able to pass on information when necessary. Sometimes teachers may need to inform parents or carers of a fall in the playground, a particular achievement or an incident involving unacceptable behaviour.
Parents are encouraged to speak to the class teachers if they have a specific concern about their child. Parents are asked to pop into school at the beginning of the day between 8:30 and 8:50am or after school to make an appointment to discuss matters at a mutually convenient time – often at the end of the teaching day. Parents can also make a comment for the teacher in each child’s homework or reading diary.
Similarly, teachers will consult parents if they have any concerns about a child. It is always helpful, when there is a concern or query, to meet with the class teacher as soon as possible. We are committed to solving problems quickly and this can prevent minor issues or misunderstandings becoming major problems. On some occasions a letter from the head teacher may be written to inform parents about a specific incident or to invite them into school for a meeting.
When a parent has a particular whole-school matter, or if they require further information or reassurance, the teacher may ask them to speak with the head teacher. Parents may wish to write down their concerns and send these to the head teacher, however, the quickest way to address these concerns is by organising a meeting face to face with parents.
The head teacher will liaise with parents to arrange a convenient meeting to clarify the issue or concern and then work together to resolve the matter. Parents may approach a parent governor regarding the matter and they will advise them to contact the head teacher in the first instance.
If parents feel that a problem has not been resolved, then the next step is to write to the Chair of Governors, c/o the school detailing the issue or concern. A copy of the school complaints policy further clarifies this procedure for parents.
We always listen to concerns and do our best to answer queries or investigate incidents as thoroughly as possible. Staff are courteous and committed to working with parents in the best interests of the children. We ask parents to show the same courtesy in raising concerns and enjoy a relationship with staff based on this mutual understanding and respect.