Parent voice Autumn 1 2019
Parents were able to sit down with the SENCo and the deputy head to discuss their lived experience of SEND at our school. In particular, the areas that are going well in school and at home. There was also an opportunity for parents to discuss ares which we could improve on.
The parent voice from this session showed.
- You wanted more clarity about you child's day.
In response to this we will send home a class time and a small topic summary at the start of each term. This information will also be displayed on each class page.
- You were pleased with how school lets you know how your child is doing. "Communication is excellent."
- When you raise concerns we have dealt with them properly. However there are some scenarios where this has taken a little time.
- You have said that we have high expectations for you children. This often works best when the school and parents have worked together to form a plan for a child.
- Your children do well at our school. In some cases this is not as well as we/you would want, however complex SEND needs have played a role.
- You recognised that proactive teachers use your child's interests to help motivate and engage them.
You said where incidence of bulling have occurred, school has dealt with this appropriately. There have been occasion when it has taken a little time for information to be passed on to the relevant staff, but its always dealt with well.
You said the beginning of the year can be tricky when establishing friendships and meeting expectations of a new year group but your children love it hear because we are a small school.
You said that your children feel safe at school. However lunch time is a time when children can find things difficult as it is a different set of staff to inside the classroom.
The majority of the responding parents said they would absolutely recommend our school to others. However some parents felt that a more proactive approach to sharing resource in school and with parents would be appreciated.
A huge thank you to those who took the time to meet with us. Watch this space where will will post the date for the next parent voice meeting.
If you would be happy to communicate via email, please email me at:
If you were unable to attend but would like your say, send me an email and I will get back to you with the questions used.
St Mary's Community Morning 16th September 2019
We had a fantastic turnout of parents who were able to meet local agencies and community groups who were able to offer information and support that extends beyond the school day.
There were twelve local agencies that came along to meet our parents, to help raise aware of how to access services which previously they had not been aware of.
Feedback from one of the attending agencies: " As you know, I thought the Community morning was a great idea and it seemed to go really well until the alarm went off! I found it really good to meet some of the other professionals and have time to chat. I also found out about support/charities that I didn't know about like the Pantry, the Heaton community centre and the charity that supports people back into work. The only thing I would change was the start time as I think more parents might access it if they could step straight into the event after dropping their children off."
" Having a range of services there I found helpful and good to make connections."
"I thought it was a really good opportunity to meet some of the parents and to put names to faces of other professionals which always helps with integrated working. "
Did you attend attend our community? Let us know your thoughts, please email me at:
Parents voice Summer 1 2019
My first organised event as SENCO. All of the parents with children on the SEND register were invited into school let me know your thoughts.