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Parent Partnership is effective

We are proud of our working relationships with parents and carers. Our vision is for parents, carers and families to continue to develop and enhance their involvement in the life of learning that their child experiences at our school. We want families to feel comfortable and happy to spend time in school working in partnership with our staff and to spend time at home with their child talking about learning.

We know that parental engagement is a continuous journey and it is something we work tirelessly for. We want all of our staff to take responsibility for parental engagement and to recognise the importance of involving families in their child’s learning. We also want to continue to encourage our parents, carers and families to trust and use us a resource to develop their own learning. As a direct result of this vision, parental engagement remains one of the key strands of our School Improvement Plan

Aims and objectives working with parents:

  • To further improve and develop opportunities for parents to engage in their child’s life at school; their learning, progress and development.

  • To provide useful , supportive and relevant information to parents

  • To ensure parents have a voice that is heard, reflected on and wherever possible, acted on.

  • To continue to evaluate our practice for engaging parents.

    How do we engage with parents?

  • Weekly newsletters

  • Termly Parent forum

  • Termly learning conferences

  • Suggestions box in the entrance area

  • 'Open' start and end of the day for Reception parents

  • Reception weekly open afternoons

  • Termly open afternoons for KS1 & KS2

  • Encouraging parents volunteering in school

  • Annual questionnaires

  • Moving on transition questionnaires

  • Termly curriculum overviews

  • Weekly Reception Learning letters

  • Regular website updates

  • Text messaging service

  • PTFA

  • Reading, phonics and maths workshops in KS1

  • Maths and grammar workshops in KS2

  • Parent and grandparent lunches

Our aims:

  • Parent specific information displayed in reception area (TV screen)

  • Parent food group established to look into school meal provision.

  • Family Learning courses/activities provided.

  • Evaluate all parent events/activities.

  • Establish support group/signposting for specific families

  • Creation of Information Leaflets eg Vision & Values,safeguarding & Growth Mindset

  • Every year group to provide at least one new activity/event for parents across the year.

  • Maths, English, RE, Art leaders to provide at least one activity/event for parents across the year.

  • Adopt a consistent approach to evaluation of all parental engagement work which allows us to communicate our responses and actions back to parents via a “You said, we did” approach. When relevant these responses are feedback to parents via our website, the Parents’ Forum or the newsletter.

  • Further develop the Parents’ Forum so that it is viewed as a supportive strength of the school. Parent Forum to look at Pets in school , HSA & Behaviour Policy, leaflets & letters and St Matt’s vision and values.

Draft Behaviour policy

Please read our draft behaviour policy ( below) and feedback your comments by completing the feedback form, by November 25th 2018

Behaviour Policy for review by parents, pupils, staff and governors

United Nations Rights of a child

Parent Questionnaire responses 2015

Parent Questionairre responses May 2017

  • St Matthew's Church of England Primary and Nursery
  • 1 Peregrine Road,Derriford, Plymouth, PL6 5FN
  • Telephone number : 01752 395969
  • Mobile telephone number : 07308891852