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 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 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.
Parents’ Evenings are currently taking place virtually.
There is a Parents’ Evening for each year group once a year. In addition to the regular Reviews, which give a written assessment of each student’s progress, this is the opportunity to discuss with teachers how a child is progressing, and to voice any worries or concerns.
Parents’ Evenings differ from Parent Forums in that their purpose is to focus on each individual child, to talk about how personal progress, share any concerns and discuss how to make a difference. The time and effort put in by parents and teachers at this point makes a significant different to the success of each student throughout their time at Burford.
Parents’ Evening for 2020-21 will be held on the following evenings:
Year 7: Thursday 24 June 2021
Year 8: Thursday 10 December 2020
Year 9: Thursday 4 February 2021
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 10 June 2021
Year 11: Thursday 3 December 2020
Year 12: Thursday 13 May 2021
Year 13: Thursday 7 January 2021
In addition there are three further evenings for some parents to attend.
Year 10: Success at GCSE: Wednesday 30 September 2020
The ‘Success at GCSE’ evening takes place at the beginning of the two year GCSE programme and provides students, and their parents, with some insight into what is required for students to achieve their full potential during these two crucial years. This year, due to the need for social distancing, the event will be held virtually and parents will be sent access details during the previous week.
Two Targeted Parents’ Evenings for Years 11 and 13.
Year 11: Thursday 11 March 2021
Year 13: Thursday 1 April 2021
Teachers may discuss a students’:
- 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
Parents may wish to talk to the teacher about:
- any changes at home
- things a student does/doesn’t like
- general attitude at home
- things the student enjoys and/or finds difficult
- special interests which s/he enjoys at home
- any worries or concerns that your child may have voiced
- how they are helping support a student’s school progress
We also hold meetings early in the academic year to give parents the opportunity to come into school and meet their child’s new Form Tutor.
Year 7: Tuesday 22 September 2020
Year 8: Wednesday 23 September 2020
Year 9: Thursday 24 September 2020
Year 11: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Year 12: Wednesday 14 October 2020
Year 13: Thursday 15 October 2020
Those who have questions about their child’s progress during the year, are welcome to 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.