Parental Engagement at St Thomas CPS
'Parental engagement is a powerful lever for raising pupil achievement in school. Where parents and teachers work together to improve learning, the gains in achievement are significant.' Alma Harris et.al, Do Parents Know They Matter?, 2009.
'Developing and sustaining effective partnerships between the home, the community and the school is without question the most important component of successful school improvement....parental engagement for learning occurs when schools take specific steps to connect parents to classroom learning...' Alma Harris et.al, Do Parents Know They Matter?, 2009.
'The role of the family is significantly more important than the role of the school in the primary years.' John West Burnham, Rethinking Educational Leadership, 2009
Our links with parents have long been an integral feature of our whole school ethos. We recognise the vital role you play in your child's learning and wish to support you in extending learning at home. Parental involvement, such as parent support at fayres, concerts or on sports' days, is key to a successful school community, however, we try to extend beyond this to achieve real parental engagment in children's learning.
The school offers a range of opportunities through which we can help you to support your child's learning at home. This includes free learning resources on the pupils' website, regular sessions to come into class to experience learning opportunities alongside you child, day time and evening consultations and accredited courses. We are also always looking for new ways to engage and support you in your child's learning.
If you have any ideas how we can expand on what we already do, regarding parental engagement, in order to help you support your child at home, please let us know. Alternatively, if you need any assistance, in order to support your child's learning outside school, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will do our upmost to help.