Academy Parent Forums are designed for parents and carers to meet, share ideas, give feedback to the school and to enable them to contribute to school decision making. The Parent Forum helps develop a partnership between parents and school.
Regular, open communication and consultation is highly valued at GEMS Learning Trust Academies. Parent forums aim to represent the views of all parents and to be a voice to inform our school of the needs of children and families. They facilitate communication between parents/carers and staff and governors.
The forum is not a place to address specific concerns about an individual child or issues relating to individual members of staff. Parent/carers who need to discuss these issues should approach their class teacher or the Deputy/Head teacher, or follow the school’s complaints procedure as appropriate.
1. To support and promote children's learning.
2. To help the school find out what parents and carers think about important issues.
3. To involve parents and carers actively in school decisions.
4. To make plans that support the ways the school wants to develop and improve outcomes for our children.
The parent forum's membership is made up of parents and carers of children attending GEMS Learning Trust Academies – everyone is welcome. The forum is chaired by the Head or member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Parent forum meetings are held termly. The agenda is prepared in advance of the meeting and circulated to parents. A typical agenda includes:
· Items identified by the governing body and leadership team for discussion
· Items identified by parents and carers for discussion
Any questions or matters for discussion must be sent in advance of the forum to the school office/school office email address/through the website. Any questions or matters raised at the event may be deferred to the next Parent Forum. If no questions are submitted in advance and the school has no matters to discuss/consult, the Parent Forum meeting will not go ahead as planned that term.
The school will publish the dates of the Parent Forums on the school website at the start of each academic year.
Minutes are taken and posted on the Academy website shortly after the forum events.
The first Parent Forum was on the theme of Blended Learning.
Two questions were submitted in advance of the meeting:
1. During the previous lockdown I felt the school started out exceptionally well with providing resources for home learning. However, there was a lapse of communication when these resources moved to Google Classroom in so much that the move was made to Google Classroom but no communication of this change was communicated from the school. How would this be managed in future should the need arise. Could you confirm if Google Classroom will be the main point for resources.
As mentioned in the presentation, all learning will be through Google Classroom. During the first lockdown, provision evolved over time and if there was a lapse, we apologise for this. However, announcements were made on the Home Learning page of the website through newsletters and social media. This may not have been sufficiently detailed, in hindsight, to fully support parents with the change. However, staff were on hand to support parents to log on to Google Classroom remotely where needed.
2. I felt that there was a distinct lack of visual interaction with teachers and staff throughout the last lockdown. Would the school consider increasing visual contact between teaching staff and pupils? I’m aware private schools (and some public primary schools) rolled out actual teacher led online learning, which provided the children to interact with teachers visually (via zoom for example). I appreciate there will be safe guarding concerns but it has been demonstrated that it is a feasible addition to learning.
This is also covered in the presentation. We were advised, by unions, at the beginning of the first lockdown not to use live platforms for teaching. We started to slowly introduce this opportunity and this will be a feature of our provision should a whole class/ year group or school closure be necessary.