Home School Links Policy

It is recognised by the parents, teachers and Board of Management of this school that the parents are the primary educators of the child. Good home-school links contribute greatly to the quality of education received by the child. To establish these links an open, cordial relationship should exist between parents and teachers which recognises and values the respective roles of each.

Aims:

  1. To facilitate a communicative relationship between teachers and parents to the benefit of our pupils.
  2. To establish procedures for the sharing of information in relation to pupils’ progress.
  3. To create a school environment where parents and guardians feel welcome and free to discuss their child’s progress with the teachers.
  4. To encourage all parents to become involved with the Parents’ Association.

 

Communications:

Formal Parent-Teacher meetings will be held every year in November/December where each parent may have a private meeting with their child’s teacher(s). Where parents are unable to attend at this time, they are encouraged to make an alternative appointment with the teacher at a mutually suitable time.

The school also encourages periodical informal meetings between teachers and parents which may be initiated by either party as they see fit.

Parents will be encouraged to be familiar with the work being done by their child in school and to be aware of what homework is being done. A formal school report will be issued at the end of each school year.

 

Mandatory Testing

Standardised testing in Reading and Mathematics is mandatory for 1st and 4th Classes. In Woodland National School all classes from 1st to 5th are tested and scores sent home with school reports.

Information on school activities will be communicated to parents through periodic letters and bulletins during the year.

An Induction Meeting for parents of incoming Junior Infants will be held May/June. An information booklet for parents of Junior Infants and New Families is provided at enrolment.

In accordance with the Educational Welfare Act (2000), explanatory notes on pupil absences must be sent to the class teacher after each absence. Parents’ Association

The school recognises the benefits of an active parents’ association. The association may communicate with the school through meetings between the chairperson/secretary and the principal, particularly after a Parents’ Association general or committee meetings. At each of the B.O.M. meetings during the year one item on the agenda will be the parents’ representatives’ report which allows for two-way communication between the board and parent body. Parent Association support in the provision of resources, financial support and assistance in extra-curricular areas is welcome and appreciated.

 

Procedure for arranging meeting with teachers:

  1. Ring the school secretary to make an appointment with the teacher. Giving at least 24 hours notice.
  2. Give the secretary possible date(s) and time(s) for meeting.
  3. The secretary will confirm the appointment after consulting with the teacher.

Please note that calls from parents will not be put through to the teacher during class time or during break time.

Please leave a message with the secretary who will then pass it on to the teacher.

We would ask parents not to approach their child’s teacher before or after school or outside of school hours with a view to discussing their child’s progress. Please follow the procedure outlined above if you wish to speak to the teacher.

All parents/visitors must enter the school through the main entrance and call to the secretary’s office. They must not proceed to the classroom.

Any child that is being collected early during school hours must be signed out in the office. Only a parent/guardian or person authorised by a parent/guardian may collect a child.