The Parent Forum is a group of volunteer parents which meets three times a year with the Pastoral Management Team to discuss a variety of aspects to school life. The purpose of the forum is to gather parent voices, which help to steer policy within school. The meeting provides an opportunity for parents to see the school in action and have access to a variety of staff members and pupil representatives.
This term’s meeting focused on County Lines, Growth Mindset and MVP (Anti-Bullying). A range of other school issues were also discussed such as electronic reports, parent app and school facilities. It was fantastic to have such a positive attendance from our parent group and the time to share some of initiatives taking place in school this year.
Miss Duffy-Turner led on our Growth Mindset strategy, highlighting the importance of teaching resilience, whilst also sharing with parents the resources and assemblies that we have delivered this year. Plans for another positive wellbeing day in the summer term were also discussed.
Mr Hooper raised awareness of County Lines and the importance of monitoring and safeguarding our young people, both as a school and a community, as police look to tackle organised criminal activity and the exploitation of young people. All pupils and staff have been in assemblies where being vigilant has been highlighted as well as the importance of reporting concerns to the Police.
Mr Anwar shared our new MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) anti-bullying programme in which the emphasis is on challenging behaviour by empowering the by-stander. This year we have an anti-bullying focus on the tutorial worship calendar each half term. This is a message we cannot stress enough to our young people as we educate them on acceptable behaviours/interactions and reporting incidents to members of staff.
Following positive feedback from our electronic reporting for Year 7 we are looking to issue all reports electronically for the remainder of the year. In addition, we are in discussion with software companies regarding the most effective online platform/app that parents can access to monitor and oversee their child’s achievement, behaviour, attendance, homework and much more.
At our next meeting in the summer term we hope to have other members of the Senior Leadership Team in attendance to share ongoing work and to listen to feedback for further improvement. If you have any further suggestions or are interested in supporting us by being part of this group please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.