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Parental Engagement

Parent engagement has a positive impact on children's achievement. Our vision at Orchard Fields Community School is to ensure that all children are supported and inspired to learn in a culture of high expectations in which parents: 

  • Are welcomed, respected and valued as partners by the school community in their children’s learning and development 
  • Have a full range of choices and opportunities to enable them to be involved and support their children's success 
  • Are engaged through on-going communication and dialogue to support a positive learning environment at home and at school 
  • Are supported with tools which enable them to participate in school life.

School Actions 

  • Establish and sustain a positive learning culture and welcoming climate where parental input is welcomed, respected and valued 
  • Implement strategies to identify and remove discriminatory barriers that limit engagement by children, parents and our diverse communities 
  • Actively explore and utilise opportunities to further engage parents at school and at home to support their children's achievement 
  • Review existing parent and community partnerships and seek to expand upon these partnerships to reflect the diversity of our parents and the broader community 
  • Inform children and parents about learning expectations and the children’s academic progress and make efforts to assist parents who do not understand English 
  • Actively encourage and support our School Council and parents to share their ideas for improving student achievement to help inform school improvement plans
  • Support opportunities for parents and children to develop or strengthen skills and knowledge (e.g. workshops, various resources such as tips sheets, translation of materials, covid home learning links) to support a positive learning environment 
  • Work towards representation of diverse parent groups on all school committees including the school council 
  • Monitor school climate (e.g. through surveys, student voice questionnaires) to help identify barriers to parent involvement or issues that should be addressed to foster and support a safe welcoming learning environment 
  • Review and establish self‐ assessment processes to determine the effectiveness of their parent engagement strategies 
  • Report progress to the governing body.

Previous events 

  • Christmas and summer Fetes
  • Circus skill evenings
  • Bollywood dance evening
  • Lego nights
  • Bingo
  • Reading and maths workshops
  • Craft workshops
  • Discos
  • Festival of light
  • Book fayres
  • Sporting competitions
  • Productions 
  • House events
  • Singing
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