Reporting Children’s Progress to Parents
At Parent Interviews in October Kingswells Primary School sought parental feedback on the methods used to report children’s progress back to parents.
There was little feedback obtained from parents but we would like to share with you our current methods of communication.
- Regular updates to the school website including reports directly from the P7 Media Crew about recent trips and activities.
- TV screens at the front of the school and nursery – these are updated on a weekly basis with current information about the week ahead as well as photographs of recent curricular activities and achievements.
- Class newsletters – these are updated on a termly basis for each class and uploaded to the school website. Parents receive a GROUPCALL to advise of the available information.
- Praise Postcards are awarded by teachers on a weekly basis. Parents are advised via email if their child has received a praise postcard and for what reason, and the pupil is invited to receive their award in assembly the following week.
- IT – Kingswells uses a number of IT based packages to encourage home / school communication and make parents aware of the current areas of learning. These would include Manga High, class dojo, GLOW and Espresso.
- Concerts and Performances. Kingswells is very proud of the standard of performances that our pupils engage in every year. Parents are invited to attend these to see the progress and development of their children in a performing rather than academic capacity.
- Twice yearly parent interviews. Parents are encouraged to come to parent interview night to discuss the performance of their child. However, should parents have additional concerns or the need to talk to a class teacher outwith these times, teachers are available for appointments as required.
- In some cases parents are invited to meeting with other professionals to discuss the welfare and progress of their child, this might include the school doctor, visiting specialists, the Education Psychologist or the Learning Support team.
- Parents are regularly communicated with by telephone conversation and the school aims to respond to calls in a timely manner. However, it should be appreciated that there are times when learning and teaching is always a priority and calls may take longer to respond to.
- Parents are often invited in to school at the end of a specific topic for class / year open afternoons. This gives parents the opportunity to look at work their child has completed and talk to their child about his/her learning.
- Use of the pupil’s homework diary is encouraged by class teachers. A signature to acknowledge that the parent has looked at the diary and any short comments are acted upon by the teacher on a daily basis.
- Every child in the school receives a detailed annual progress report.