Working with our parents

 Together we can make a difference

Parents are their child's first and most enduring educator. At Braywood we want to encourage and guide our parents' continual involvement in their child's education and to work in partnership with them. We value and appreciate the important role they play in supporting their child to develop a positive attitude to school and learning. We have an 'open door' policy where parents can talk to the class teacher on a daily basis.

This is done through regular contact and consultations so that a full exchange of information is possible. We provide an annual curriculum meetings, 'Mums and Dads into School Days' where we discuss how we are teaching the children in school and how all parents can help. In addition we have class meeting at the beginning and end of the year to discuss what your child will be studying this year and what will be happening in their next classroom. 

Parent consultations are held in the Autumn, Spring and Sumner term with appointments for private interviews. These coincide with the pupil – teacher consultations. Children in Year 2, 3 and 4 are expected to attend the parents' evenings. 

We aim to promote a positive attitude towards work and in particular homework as this does raise the achievement levels of our child. The teachers plan homework so that it consolidates and reinforces skills and understanding learnt in the classroom. Each child has a Learning Log to support this process. Parents are invited into school at the end of topics to share their children's work Children have their homework posted on an electronic learning space or in a folder and have regular access to a wide variety of reading materials.

Good communication links are very important to ensure that a school runs smoothly. We have a weekly newsletter which is sent to parents electronically and posted on our website. Our website is full of information for new parents and our electronic learning platform 'my space' contains areas for parents, children, teachers and governors. It is a vital communication tool. All parents are welcome at our 'family assemblies' provide more information and often their is a speaker. To support new parents we have an induction session and there is an effective transfer programme to the next school.

We value the role our parents have in contributing to school improvement through; completion of questionnaires regular review of our values and aims, evaluations of activities and general oral feedback.