What is a Parents’ Forum?
Parents’ Forum Meetings provide Parents and Carers with an opportunity to discuss and review school developments and initiatives. The group does not have any statutory responsibilities, duties or powers in the school, but it does help us to communicate more effectively with our parent/carer community. The only qualification you need is to be a Yattendon Parent or Carer for a child at the school! This group acts as a ‘sounding board’ for the school to try and ensure that we are really able to get a feeling for what you think about school issues. It does not have decision making powers, as the Governors do, but it is an important element in the development and further improvement of the school. We hold one meeting a term, at different times and on different days so as to be as inclusive as possible.
Format of Sessions
Providing the sessions remain ‘solution-focussed’, they are a very effective tool with which we can drive forward school improvement. Yattendon’s Governing Body will be represented at the sessions; it is so important that our School Governors, as ‘Critical Friends’, get an opportunity to talk to parents directly.
Minutes of the forum will be taken and will be posted on this page of the school website (within 3 weeks of the meeting). In light of the fact that the minutes will be published, the issues will need to be ‘school-wide’; issues which relate to individual children should be discussed with a child’s classteacher in the first instance and then, if necessary, with Mr Perkins.
We must emphasise that while we can listen, we can’t always act immediately. Where possible, we will try and act on your feedback straight away, and on other occasions we will need to take the issue back to the whole staff and plan the best way forward. The 3 weeks between the meeting and the posting of the minutes will give us this time and ensure we have carefully considered the best way forward.
To ensure that ALL parents and carers are given the opportunity to attend, we have changed the days and times for the meetings. Those parents and carers who are unable to attend can leave feedback in the post box at reception. This will be emptied prior to the meeting and where practically possible, the feedback will be raised at the meeting.
Dates of next sessions
Autumn Term 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:15pm on Monday 30th November 2015 - Classroom 4P - School Governor in attendance: TBC
Spring Term 2016 - 3:30pm - 4:15pm on Thursday 3rd March 2016 - Classroom 4P - School Governor in attendance: TBC
Summer Term 2016 - 9:15am - 10:00am on Friday 17th June 2016 - MV Room - School Governor in attendance: TBC
A new voice for parents
On 20th October 2011, Ofsted launched Parent View, a new online questionnaire that allows parents and carers to give their views on their child’s school at any time of the year. Covering over 22,000 schools across England, the 12-question survey will help other parents as they make important choices about their child’s education and provide Ofsted with information about schools that will help inform priorities for inspection.
Parent View has been produced with the assistance of a panel of parents who contributed to shaping the questions and the way the site functions. The questionnaire covers a range of topics, including quality of teaching, bullying, behaviour and levels of homework, allowing parents to give a view about their child’s school on each issue, with a final question as to whether or not they would recommend the school to other parents. The questionnaire does not allow free text comments but invites responses to a series of closed questions.
The Parent View website is available at http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/login?destination=give-your-views Please log on, share your views. We strongly believe that ‘feedback is the food of champions.’
What do parents and carers think of Yattendon?
Click here to find out - http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/parent-view-results/survey/result/19028/1