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Parental involvement

PARENT VIEW       Click here to access site

Parent View gives you the chance to tell OFSTED what you think about your child’s school.

Parent View asks for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. We will use the information you provide when making decisions about which schools to inspect, and when. A screencast demonstrating how to register and complete a survey on Parent View is available on the How to use Parent View page.

By sharing your views, you’ll be helping your child’s school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about your child's school. Or, if you want to, view the results for any school in England.

Parentpay

Lancashire authority have now introduced a system called ParentPay. This system allows payments online for items such as dinner money, school trips, clubs and tickets. Using ParentPay - a secure website, you will be able to pay online using your credit or debit card. ParentPay will be our preferred method of communication and making payments to school. For further detail, please click on the link below.

ParentPay powerpoint presentation

Obtaining information from parents

At the beginning of each academic year, we send out the Lancashire local authority pupil data collection form. Please ensure that this is updated when appropriate, i.e. you move house or change your mobile number. We also send out, annually, a 'home-time arrangement' form which clarifies who is allowed to collect your child. It is vital that these details are updated regularly. There is also a consent form which covers such aspects as photographs, website, social media, walking to church.

We ensure that:

  • we ask parents/guardians for their contact details, including names and addresses, of all parents when they register a pupil;
  • names and addresses of all parents, where known, are included in our admission register and also in pupil records and are available to the pupil's teachers;
  • our school has details of who to contact in the case of an accident or medical emergency;
  • contact details, including names and addresses, of all parents are forwarded to any school to which the pupil moves;
  • details of Court orders are noted in a pupil's record.
  • we request a copy of a child's birth certificate when they join our school

DATA COLLECTION FORM

HOME TIME ARRANGEMENTS FORM

CONSENT FORM

Contact between school and parents

Keeping you involved

Research shows that good links between you and the school improves your child's enjoyment at school and chances of doing well. The more you know about what your child is learning, the more you can offer support.

We make every effort to involve you in your child’s education. We aim to do this in two main ways:

  • by keeping you informed about how and what your child is learning – i.e. the curriculum, teaching methods, tests and exams, and changes to the education system.
    • Our school website contains all up-to-date information and policies
    • We arrange parental workshops/meetings throughout the year
  • by keeping you informed about your child’s individual progress

Reports

Every year we provide you with three reports about your child; an interim report in the autumn and spring terms and a more detailed end of year report. These reports provide information about your child’s attainment (i.e. working at, above or below age-related expectations; progress and effort). If you wish to know the specific level at which your child is currently working, please arrange to talk to your class teacher.

Please note that with the introduction of the new National Curriculum 2014, levels have now been abandoned for all year groups except for current Year 2 and 6 (one more year only). However, as the process for assessing your child is currently in flux nationally, we will continue to use a levelling system for all pupils until we receive further information. Parents will be kept fully informed of further developments.

Parents' Evenings

You are also invited to attend two parent evening meetings during the year; one before the autumn half-term holiday and one in the latter half of the spring term. At these parents’ evenings you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s interim report and discuss next steps/targets. Your child’s class teacher will also give you an outline of what your child is learning and how well they’re keeping up. You’ll be able to see recent examples of their work. The appointment will usually be for five minutes and during the early evening. If you require a longer appointment, please organise a separate appointment on a different day.

If you have concerns at any time during the year, about your child’s level and next steps, you must not feel that you have to wait for a planned parents’ evening. Please make an appointment to talk to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.

Parent meetings

We have a number of special meetings for parents throughout the year, for example:

  • EYFS curriculum meeting for parents of new starters (September)
  • Year 6 parent meeting (spring term)
  • Year 2 parent meeting/transition to Year 3 (summer term)
  • Transition from reception to Year 1 (summer term)
  • New starters' meeting (end of the summer term)
  • Parental workshops (for example on phonics, spelling, or methods of calculation) 
  • Robinwood residential information meeting for parents
  • Sex Education information meeting for parents (when requested)

Other ways to keep in touch

To keep you informed about other issues – e.g. changes to school routine/policies, dinner money, outings – letters will be sent home with your children.

There is also a weekly newsletter (click on link to access).

Each term, each class teacher provides you with a class newsletter that provides information about the next topic, what your child will be learning, how you can help and routines pertinent to that class. (click on link to access).

Parentpay: We also use text messages, via the Parentpay system to communicate important information – e.g. cancellation of after-school activities, school closures. Please talk to Ms Barlow, our school business officer, about how to sign up for Parentpay if you haven't already done so.

Absence

You will need to contact the school if your child is absent because of illness or a hospital appointment. If your child doesn’t turn up and you haven’t explained why, we will telephone you to ensure they are safe.

Homework

At Hoole St. Michael CE School, we believe that pupils learn best when school and parents work closely in partnership with each other. As a result, we feel it is vital that there are clear channels of communication between home and school, particularly in relation to homework. Homework can be used as an important method of support to enhance learning already taking place in school. It offers pupils the opportunity to consolidate and extend skills, building confidence, self-esteem and independence.

For further information about homework at Hoole St Michael's, please click on this link.

Enjoy school life!

There are many special events throughout the year to which you are invited so that you can celebrate your child's achievements and enjoy taking part in the life of the school. Such events are:

Church services

Parents are invited to all our church services at St Michael and all Angels, throughout the year. For example, our special services include 

  • Harvest Festival
  • All Saints
  • Advent
  • Carol service
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Easter
  • Year 6 leavers

Assemblies

Parents are invited to two assemblies each week.

  • Thursday worship (led by Rev Baines and our Year 5/6 pupils) 9.10 start
  • Friday celebration assembly (many awards are given and the children share achievements from out of school) 2.45pm start

School events

Parents and grandparents are invited to a number of special events throughout the year, for example:

  • Infant Nativity
  • Book Week (parents are encouraged to come in and read with the children)
  • Easter presentation
  • St George's Day celebration (a special event for grandparents especially)
  • Sports Day
  • Sporting fixtures - home and away
  • Year 6 leavers' production
  • Singing group concerts (incuding the children singing in school cluster events at Tarleton academy)
  • Groundforce days (on Saturday mornings)
  • Special weeks (such as science week - parents are encouraged to become involved)
  • Stay and Play (every Friday morning until 9.30am for parents of children in our reception class); this is continued in Year 1 until the autumn half-term holiday

PTFA events

Parents and grandparents are invited to a number of special events throughout the year, for example

  • autumn, spring and summer discos
  • Christmas Fair
  • Summer Fair
  • Jim jam jog

Parental opinion

We value your opinion and will always act upon any concerns. We also love to hear when something is going well and you agree with a decision we have made! 

Parents are given the opportunity to complete and send in the Lancashire Parental Questionnaire in which you can state what is good about our school and where there are areas for development. When we have the questionnaires analysed, you will be informed of the results.

Please contact the school at any time to provide feedback either verbally, by letter or email.

Parental involvement

Volunteering at Hoole St Michael CE Primary School

We value parental volunteers. We currently have a number of valued parents who help in school.

There are different ways you can volunteer including helping in the classroom, joining school trips or supporting/helping to run an extra-curricular activity.

What is a classroom helper?

As a volunteer classroom helper you can assist teachers on a regular basis. You can help with tasks like listening to pupils read or change reading books. This can make a BIG difference to teachers and children.

Volunteer classroom helpers are often, but not always, parents of children at the school. We also recommend, should you wish to volunteer, that you do not help in your child’s class.

The role of classroom helper

Classroom helpers usually commit to spending regular slots of time in school each week. This time can vary from half an hour to half a day at most.

Classroom helpers make a big difference in improving standards. Even if you’re not helping in your child’s class, research shows that having a parent who volunteers, improves a child’s experience of school. This may be because you’re more ‘plugged in’ to school and know what goes on during their day. It’s a great way to get behind the scenes.

How to become a classroom helper

If you’re interested in volunteering, talk to your child’s teacher or Mrs Duckworth to discuss when and how you would like to help.

Before you can work unsupervised in a school, you will need to have a police background check. It’s a standard procedure – carried out by the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS). Ms Barlow will help you with this. You’ll be asked to fill out a straightforward form and bring in a number of key documents for evidence (i.e. your passport); the form is then sent off for processing – the check can take 4-6 weeks. If you have any police convictions, you may still be able to volunteer, depending on the kind of conviction.

Other ways to volunteer at your child’s school

Being a classroom helper is only one way to volunteer at your child’s school. There are other things you can do that don’t require a regular commitment.

We often ask for parent volunteers to help with school educational visits. However, as with being a classroom helper, you probably won’t be asked to look after your own child directly. We are also very keen to involve parental help with drama productions or with one-off events at the school.

Another way you can help is by offering your skills. For example, your work experience may be useful to share with pupils at some point in the curriculum - again, not necessarily in your child’s year.

'Friends of Hoole St Michael': Involvement in our parent - teacher association (PTFA)

'Friends of Hoole St Michael' is an organisation of staff, parents, carers, grandparents and members of the local community. Its role is to encourage closer links between home and school. Our PTFA, over the years has raised a great deal of money which has been used to enhance learning in and out of school. Involvement in the PTFA also provides a great opportunity to socialise! Fundraising events, such as the summer fair, provide an opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to get together.

Please get involved. Some of the roles are time-consuming, although also rewarding. If you can’t commit to a big job, look out for things you can do less frequently (eg running a stall at the summer fair, baking for a cake sale). And you can always support PTFA events by simply turning up!

For more information about the Friends and forthcoming events, please click on this link.

PARENTING WEBSITES

Please click on the links below for more information.
Please note: Hoole St Michael CE Primary School cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.

Parenting
Below are links to websites, which offer advice, guidance and information on parenting.

DirectGov: Public Services Information All in One Place

Parentline Plus is a national charity that works for, and with, parents

Lancashire County Council : Information for Parents

The Fatherhood Institute: Advice, Information and Support for Fathers

Barnardos:Whatever the issue Barnardo’s believes 'we can bring out the best in every child'.

NSPCC: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Gingerbread: Advice, support and information for single parent families

South Ribble Children’s Centres

To contact your local Children's Centre please give the Family Information Service a call on 0800 195 0137.

Mums Net: By parents for parents

DadInfo : birth, babies, work, money, legal issues for fathers.

Positive Parenting: specialising in the support of parents and those who work with them.

NHS: Parenting Self-Assessment Tool

Please let us know of any useful sites you would like to see added. 
 

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