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Communication Parent Forum

Thank you to all of the parents who attended yesterday's meeting as well as those who contributed via SurveyMonkey online. Below, you will find the minutes arising from the meeting. 

If you have any further queries or thoughts to share, don't hesitate to contact the school office.


Results of recent parent survey on Communication

Issue arising


Forum needed to be at accessible times for parents to attend

Forums will be held at 9.00am, 3.00pm and 6.00pm on different days

Some App messages come through 2 or 3 times – other information not shared at all

School to improve management of  internal communications

App calendar not always up to date and could contain additional information including non-uniform days or donation day items, parent invites?

App will be updated with greater detail

Whole school information circulated rather than class or year specific which is sometimes helpful

App is being updated in near future -  this will allow for greater flexibility

Written communication sometimes contains grammatical and spelling errors.  Newsletters are popular.

Individual identified to proof read all written communications.

Newsletter to continue



Other issues raised at Forum

Why are children not given homework other than project work?

Homework is available via TT Rockstars, Weekly Arithmetic Tests sent home for information and correction, 20 minutes reading each evening, New reading App published in the New Year

When project work is brought into school not always acknowledged by teachers?

Raised at Staff Meeting – 30.11.18.

Parents to be invited to Project Gallery to view work

Can reading  diaries be used to update parents on pupil’s progress – parents evenings sometimes not enough

Messages can be passed via diaries.

Progress concerns can be raised with teacher at the end of the school day or contact the office to make an appointment with teacher.

Additional reporting is also done through Head Teacher postcards, golden tickets, stickers and other internal awards which children should be able to discuss with parents/carers

Themed weeks or days – could parents have more information so that they can discuss with children

School to provide a little more detail around themed weeks, ie: Friendship week on the Newsletter