Parent Forums and Parents’ Evenings
Burford School believes that:
‘When parents and schools work together, children do better.’
It is widely recognised that the more involved parents are in their child’s education the better the student performs at school. Over the years, many educational papers have been written about the way the child’s classroom performance and academic achievement is significantly influenced by the extent to which parents become involved in school life and the interest they take in their child’s education.
The importance of communication
In order to establish and maintain this interest there needs to be regular and reliable communication. For this reason we have created an effective partnership by providing an open and communicative environment forming a link between the classroom and the home, and the school and the family. Parent Forums give parents a greater insight into the learning environment of their child, bridging the gap between school and home thus creating an inclusive community where information is communicated and exchanged regularly and personally.
Ultimately, allowing parents to support and take part in their child’s education means they can reinforce the standards set by the school, helping raise standards of overall achievement.
Parent Forum evenings
Parent Forums are a regular item within the school calendar. Parents and students are invited to share a range of issues to raise achievement and ensure that good progress is made. Such issues include:
- Information about new examination courses
- Information of how the students are assessed
- How parents can support their child in coursework and preparation for their exams.
- Information about the wider curricular opportunities available for students with special educational needs.
- Information about new initiatives such as the ‘Accelerated Reader’ programme.
The school is always keen to establish a good relationship with parents and families. This co-operation and support can make a real difference to how students see themselves as learners and engage in learning.
You will be invited to attend a Parents’ Evening once a year. In addition to the regular Reviews, which give a written assessment of each student’s progress, this is your opportunity to discuss with teachers how your child is progressing, and to voice any worries or concerns you may have.
Parents’ Evenings differ from Parent Forums in that their purpose is to focus on your child individually, to talk about how they are progressing, share any concerns you have and discuss how you can make a difference to their progress. The time and effort put in by parents and teachers at this point will make a significant different to the success of your child throughout his/her time at Burford.
Parents’ Evening for 2015-6 will be held on the following evenings from 4.30-7.00pm.
Year 7: Thursday 15 June 2017
Year 8: Thursday 16 March 2017
Year 9: Thursday 9 February 2017
NB: The Year 9 Parents’ Evening is also the Options Evening at which a talk on the process of selecting GCSE options is given
Year 10: Thursday 23 February 2017
NB: There is an additional evening for all Year 10 students and their Parents entitled ‘Success at GCSE‘ on Thursday 29 September 2016
Year 11: Thursday 2 March 2017
Year 12: Wednesday 10 May 2017
Year 13: Thursday 2 February 2017
Once you receive a letter about a Parents’ Evening, your child will need to make appointments with their teachers. Please help them by indicating the time period when you are available.
Teachers may discuss your child’s:
- general progress
- performance in specific subjects
- involvement in clubs and activities (both within and out of school)
- attitude to school
- attitude to additional responsibilities
- awards gained
You may wish to tell the teacher about:
- any changes at home
- things your child does/doesn’t like
- general attitude at home
- things your child enjoys and/or finds difficult
- special interests which s/he enjoys at home
- any worries or concerns you may have or that your child may have voiced
- how you are helping support his/her school progress
If you have any questions about your child’s progress during the year, please do contact us. Heads of Year and Form Tutors can be contact via email on the Year Group pages. Email addresses for all other teaching staff are listed under Contact Us.