What is Parent Voice?
Parent Voice works in partnership with the school to:
- Create a welcoming school which is inclusive for all parents promoting partnership between the school, its pupils and all its parents
- Develop and engage in activities which support the education and welfare of the pupils
- Identify and represent the views of parents on matters affecting the education and welfare of the pupils
- Support the work of the School to bring about improve outcomes for all students
- Develop and engage activities which can create a community around the school with parents/carers.
The Governing body remains the decision making body and provides the strategic leadership of the school whilst the Parent Voice Committee has a consultative and advisory role. The following is a non-exhaustive list of matters on which the Parent Council will provide a forum for consultation and advice:
- Policies, procedures and protocols which affect the day-to-day operation of the school e.g. start and finish times, after-school club provision, uniform, extra-curricular activities
- Systems of communication between the school and parents on matters concerning the operation of the school
- Matters designed to foster greater parental participation and engagement in the education of pupils by all parents, i.e. family learning sessions.
Parent Voice – minutes
Key areas with responses:
|YOU SAID||WE DID/ARE DOING|
|Parents want staff to raise students aspirations.||External professionals have visited school and have conducted assemblies to inform students about their job role.|
|Parents wanted less cover staff.||This year there has been a significant decrease in cover staff. Where cover staff is requested, consistently employed staff are being used.|
|Parents want senior leadership team to be more present during the school day.||More members of the senior leadership team and other members of staff have been present during brunch, lunch and movement breaks to reduce poor behaviour.|
|Parents requested students who present good behaviour and good attendance are being rewarded.||Students who have 97% or above attendance have been provided with incentives throughout the year so far, this will continue (trips, coffee mornings and vouchers).|
|Parents have asked for more personal touch in school.||We have made this a priority with all teaching and non-teaching staff.|
|Parents have said they needed longer appointments at the tutor consultation evening.||Academy will ensure the next evening will consist of 10-minute slots.|
|Parents felt at the tutor consultative evening that tutors were unable to answer questions due to not being the child’s teacher.||Academy will ensure email addresses are provided for specific underachieving subjects.|
|Parents felt teachers should have support with teaching.||The Academy ensures there are members of staff on patrol during lesson time. There are also staff who work in the RAC to support any behavioural incidents.|
|Parents asked for classes in English and maths.||We are providing these.|
The academy has developed links with a number of external training providers and we offer various classes and courses:
- Solihull College – English and maths
- Workshops for parents who have children with autism
- 10-week parenting course (Solihull approach)
- English and maths
- to be confirmed – starting in September
- at K2 Development, Kingshurst B37 6NU
- Solihull College
- REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
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Parent Teacher Association
The Parent Teacher association group is a great way of getting to know other families and staff whilst making a real contribution to the quality of school life for all.
Whilst fund-raising is a major part of a PTA’s activities and directly contributes to the improvement of the school, there’s a lot more to it than that. PTAs provide a great way to build the whole school community, including links with the wider society, all of which benefits the school and offers a positive influence within the local area.
In a nutshell, PTA members also provide a willing workforce for the school when extra hands are needed, hold social events to bond the school community, run extra-curricular clubs for children and adults, and support parents through times of change. Members are knowledgeable about the school and enthuse about it to enhance its reputation to the wider community. The varied work means there’s something for everyone – it’s not just about being on the committee.
- Saturday 9 June 2018 between 10.00am-3.00pm
The Academy are enthusiastic to ensure engagement with parents is encouraged. In response to this we have joined the Leading Parent Partnership Award, this award will support the academy to build better relationships between school and parents/families.
Through gaining this award the Academy hopes to improve pupil’s progress, punctuality, attendance and behaviour. Also improving parental involvement in school life.
This Award supports school and parents with;
- Transition – supports parents as your children transition between or through schools
- Participation – Including parents in supporting their children’s learning
- Communication – taking more steps to ensure our school is welcoming, communicative and friendly for all of our parents and students
- Guidance – Provide clear and accessible guidance for parents to support their learning
- Induction – Provide clear guidance on the responsibilities of parents, school and pupils
- Home-school links – Produce parent friendly policies to establish our effective home-school links.
Connect – Parent Portal
Connect is our online learning environment that is accessible to staff, students, parents and Governors.
The Parent Portal is an area on Connect where parents can find out more information on specific year groups. This includes:
- Staff contact information
- Support and advice
To access the Parent Portal on Connect, go to connect.ctckingshurst.academy/parents. You will need your academy username and password to log in.