As a parent, you can make an enormous difference to your child's chances of success in school, at home and in their later life. Working in partnership with your child's school can help them to succeed.The school
Parent Council formally allows parental involvement at your child's school. There are also many informal ways of helping out.
You may be able to help out on a regular basis during the day or you may only occasionally have time after school. The important thing is to be aware that you have skills and abilities that you can use to benefit the school and its pupils.
Schools may look for help during the day with:
Schools may have committees and advisory groups that meet during the day or just after school to discuss a specific topic. The purpose of these groups will change from school to school but common issues may include:
Some schools arrange short-term parent advisory or focus groups when they want the views of parents on new initiatives or school policies. This means you can contribute to the school by sharing your views without having to make a long-term commitment.
Sometimes, schools arrange committee and advisory group meetings in the early evening so that parents who work can take part.
Schools also welcome adult helpers for:
There are many different skills that you can share. Here are some suggestions for how parents can contribute to their child's school.
Sharing knowledge and experiences from your own life can give children a first-hand account of topics they are learning:
For school trips and special events, schools welcome the presence of extra adults to help supervise and make sure the children are safe. You may require a
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) certificate. Your Parent Council Chair or head teacher will be able to give you more details.
Some schools have welcoming committees where parents contact the parents of children who have just started at the school, especially if this happens in the middle of the school year. They can reassure the new parents and answer questions they might not want to ask at the school.
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