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YOU ASKED.  WE ACTED!

As part of our ongoing engagement with parents/carers, we will be holding regular surveys throughout the year.  Your views are important to us and we will use your feedback to help direct the future of The Green Infant School.

 

YOU ASKED - WE ACTED! is a new page where we will share the results of our surveys and what the school is going to do to act on your feedback.

CAR PARKING

Following your comments on the parent questionnaires a number of concerns have been raised that I would like to address.

  1. Car parking continues to be a big concern for many families, especially along New Street.

I would like to invite parents to come along and have a meeting with myself on Wednesday 14th March, 2018 at 9:10am in the school hall.  This will a 30 minute meeting to come up with a plan of action that we can develop together to support the parking problems, not to raise further concerns or lay blame.  We need to work together to find a solution that will help all our parents and carers and most importantly keep our children safe from harm.

Outcomes of Parking Parent working party meetings.

Thank you to the parents who turned up to help in finding a solution to a lot of parents concerns around parking.  It was agreed that mornings seem to be the most congested time of the school day.  It was suggested that maybe a member of staff could be available in a coned off section of the playground from 8:40-8:50am to enable some parents to drop and go.  There would be a small charge of 20p a day to cover the cost of the extra staffing.  This could be paid as £1 a week and parents would have to sign their child over to the care of the staff member in the morning. 

 

It was also suggested that we could start our own breakfast club from 8am-8:50am every morning, however Glebe Junior School already offer this service.

 

The council have painted yellow zigzag lines outside the entrance on Hilcote Street.  They will also be sending a traffic enforcement officer around more regularly.

HOMEWORK

Following your comments on the parent questionnaires a number of concerns have been raised that I would like to address.

  1. Homework

It has become apparent that there are lots of mixed feelings around homework.  Therefore I would like to invite parents to come along and have a meeting with myself on Thursday 15th March, 2018 at 9:10am in the school hall.  This will be a 30 minute meeting to come up with an acceptable and mutual agreement on the level and quantity of homework acceptable for each year group.  This meeting is not open to raising further concerns.  We need to work together to find a solution that will help raise the attainment of our children in a manageable and supportive manner.

Outcomes of Homework Parent working party meetings.

Thank you to the parents who turned up to support in finding a solution to a lot of parents concerns around homework.  There was a lot of discussion on how the school could best tailor the homework to the needs of the children and busy family lives.

The key findings were:

  • Less parental involvement needed
  • Differentiated levels of homework depending on the ability of the child to enable them to complete it with little support/teaching from parents/carers.
  • Regular marking by the Teacher with a target or next step comment when needed.
  • Weekly homework in a book to go out Friday and be collected on a Wednesday.
  • Termly ‘Topic’ homework to go out at the beginning of a term but have no more than 5 choices all of which can be done with limited parental involvement if needed and low cost.
  • A certificate awarded to children at the end of each term for completing 80% or more of their weekly homework.
  • Phonics homework that links with spellings.
  • Maths or Literacy homework linked to the children’s ability.
  • Option to complete an online game in Maths or Literacy alternative weeks.

 

Therefore as from 9th April 2018 homework will be:

Foundation

  • Weekly Letter formation extending to phonics in summer term – Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.
  • Topic travellers – 5 choices children choose 1 – golden ticket awarded.

Year 1

  • Weekly Phonics – Phonics teacher sets 3 to 5 HFW’s to learn and phonic sound to explore. Phonics Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.
  • Weekly Maths or Literacy differentiated to ability in book - Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.  Sometimes there will be an option to complete a task online.
  • Topic travellers – 5 choices children choose 1 – golden ticket awarded.

Year 2

  • Weekly Phonics – Phonics teacher sets 5 HFW’s to learn and phonic sound to  explore.  Phonics Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.
  • Weekly Maths or Literacy differentiated to ability in book - Teacher marks and gives a target next step when needed.  Sometimes there will be an option to complete a task online.
  • Topic travellers – 5 choices children choose 1 – golden ticket awarded.

 

We shall trial this new level of homework and arrange a further meeting in the Autumn term 2018.

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