Home and School - Working in Partnership
At Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School we aim to have clear, effective communication with all parents and the wider community. Effective communication enables us to share our aims and values and to keep parents well informed about school life. This reinforces the important role that parents play in supporting the school. Your child’s Class Teacher is your first port of call should you have any issues or concerns relating to your child or school life. If, having spoken with your child’s Class Teacher, you wish to speak to someone on the Senior Leadership Team, the communication process is:
- Class Teacher
- Phase Leader
- Assistant Headteacher
All children will have a small book called a Home School Liaison Book. This is a way of communicating between home and school and it should be sent to and from home each day in the book bag. Please write anything that you feel the Class Teacher would benefit from knowing, for example, if your child has not slept well or they are going home with somebody different. If your child achieves something for the first time please share this with us using one of the Wow Sheets.
The Class Teachers are always willing to discuss any concerns and will share your child’s achievements with you.
We believe that effective communication between home and school is essential if the children are to achieve their true potential.
We will keep you well informed about your child throughout each year and we value your interest and support. At the beginning of each school year, you are invited to meet the teachers and other staff in your child’s year group. This is an opportunity for Class Teachers to establish expectations for the year ahead. At this time parents are given any relevant information for the year.
During the Autumn and Spring terms there are Parent Teacher Consultations to discuss your child’s learning and progress. At the end of the school year we provide a comprehensive written report for all pupils. You are offered an opportunity to discuss these reports with the Class Teacher.
We invite you to an informal assembly led by the children at the end of the academic year. This is an opportunity for the children to share the highlights of their learning.
Meetings and workshops are held for parents throughout the year, offering information on areas such as the curriculum, e-safety, new initiatives, and advice on how you can support your child at home.
Newsletters are uploaded to our school website every Friday, and other letters and documents containing important information are sent via school email regularly to ensure you are fully up-to-date with the necessary information. Please read all information that is sent home from school and note the items that are relevant to you and your child.
Each class has a class page on the website where highlights of their learning from each half term is uploaded. Please take time to read and talk about this with your child.
Working In Partnership with parents
At Etz Chaim we believe that the children’s education is based on a partnership between home and school. We would love parents to take an active role in their child’s education and to feel welcome to come in and participate in the life of the school. For example, by volunteering with reading, supporting classroom activities, helping on school trips.
Parent Teacher Consultations
You will be invited to meet individually with your child's teacher and Jewish Studies teacher on three occasions during the year to discuss your child's progress. On the third occasion you will have been given the annual written report and are invited to discuss the year's progress with the teacher.
Head Teacher's Surgeries
Head Teacher's Surgeries take place twice each year, in the Autumn and Spring terms. These sessions provide an opportunity for you to bring any queries or issues to Mrs Baron.
At Etz Chaim we strongly believe in listening to all our stakeholders. Parents are a crucial part of a child's education and the wider success of our school. Feedback from parents is really important to us as it enables us to identify possible ways to keep improving as we strive to 'be the best we can be.' There are a number of ways to let us know your thoughts about our school including:
- Annual Parent Questionnaire
- Termly ‘Coffee and Tea with SLT
- Termly Class Rep Meetings
- Emails to the school
- Specific Parent Surveys
The children are dismissed from the playground at the end of the day and this is a good opportunity to quickly mention something to your child's class teacher relating to your child. You can also communicate by writing a message in your child's green communication book and an adult will respond to your message within 48 hours.
Make an appointment
Sometimes you may wish to discuss an issue in more depth and we would ask you to either talk directly to your child's class teacher to arrange an appointment or write a message in your child's green communication book to arrange a suitable time to come in.
Annual Parent Questionnaires
We carry out annual surveys to gauge parental opinion on the broader aspects of our school and assimilate these views in to our school development plan. The feedback and comments from our annual parents survey are overwhelming positive about many different aspects of our school from the school ethos to the teaching and learning to the staff. It is always lovely to hear about what you feel we are doing well and what you feel the strengths of the school are.
Ofsted have their own communication tool which allows parents to record their views about a school. We encourage parents to use this facility to record their views. Please click here to view Parent View. Please click here to view Parent View.