COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
Class Dojo is a behaviour management tool that is used in all classes across the primary school from FS1 to Year 6. It is an online website which all class teachers have signed up to and used to create class accounts. Each child is given a log on which they can use to change their avatar and track their behaviour points throughout the week.
Teachers can also use it to communicate with parents through a messaging system which can be downloaded as an App on their phones. In addition to all the benefits above, Class Dojo also has a blog for each class where teachers can share photographs and videos of their students in class. This has helped parents feel like they are part of the classroom as the learning itself is taking place. It has now become one of our main forms of communication and both students and parents really do value it.
From April 2016 all of the following will have to be accessed via the VLE; Homework, Planners, Lesson Plans, Newsletters and Reports. The VLE will be the main communication method for parents. Parents Evening appointments will be made online.
The SRS Secondary Newsletter is published every month and the Primary Newsletter published every fortnight and all editions are available through the website. A developing arm in our communication with parents, the Newsletter includes articles from teachers and students, highlighting events and successes throughout the month. Also included are important updates on school policy and procedures as well as important upcoming dates. A FAQ section at the end of the Newsletter answers questions that the school receives and suggestions for those question from parents are warmly welcomed.
At The School of Research Science we hold two coffee morning sessions for each year group during the year. The key purpose of these sessions is to invite parents into the school to meet with their child’s tutor. This relaxed liaison facilitates the opportunity to discuss their child’s performance in school, in particular their child’s pastoral traits and how these impact on academic achievement and application to learning. Parents are given the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance across all areas of their child’s learning journey, whilst forming a strong relationship with their child’s tutor, who is their first point of contact within the school environment. The meeting is facilitated by the Pastoral Coordinators, supporting tutors whilst liaising with parents too.
The school has introduced a new online system for booking appointments with teachers. Guide for Booking Appointments can be found on the VLE and will help you with the process.