Parent/Teacher Communication Policy

Kyle National School – Parent/Teacher Communication Policy

Introductory Statement:

The purpose of this statement is to provide information and guidelines to parents and teachers on Parent/Teacher Meetings and Parent/Teacher communication in Kyle School, Youghal. The home is central to the development of the child and the nurturing of Christian values. The school and the family strive to be mutually supportive of each other so that the child’s education can be effective.

This policy evolved after consultation  with Class Teachers, Support Teachers, B.O.M. and parents

Parents are encouraged to:

  • Develop close links with the school
  • Collaborate with the school in developing the full potential of their children
  • Share the responsibility of seeing that the school remains true to its ethos values and distinctive character.
  • Become actively involved in the school/parent association
  • Participate in policy and decision-making processes affecting them

Structures in Place to facilitate open communication and consultation with Parents

  • Parent/teacher meeting one-to-one in First Term
  • Meeting re: religious services on Penance , Communion and Confirmation
  • Meetings with parents of children with special needs
  • Consultation throughout the year
  • Written communication
  • School booklet informs parents about school matters
  • Home work journal used to relay messages which are signed between parents and teachers
  • Parents are invited to Family Masses, school concerts etc..

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS

The aim of Parent/Teacher meetings:

  • to let parents know how their children are doing in school
  • to inform the teachers how children are coping outside school
  • to establish an ongoing relationship and communication with parents
  • to help teachers/parents get to know the children better as individuals
  • to help children realize that home and school are working together

Informal Parent/Teacher Meetings:

Communication between parents and teachers to be encouraged

However, meetings with class teachers at class door/at school gate to discuss a child’s progress or a concern are discouraged on a number of grounds:

  • A teacher cannot adequately supervise her class while at the same time speaking to a parent
  • It is difficult to be discrete when so many children are standing close by
  • It can be embarrassing for a child when his/her parent is talking to the teacher at a classroom door

Formal Meeting:

Formal timetabled Parent/Teacher meetings take place in Term One. However if a parent wishes to arrange a meeting at any stage during the year to discuss their child they may do so by prior appointment.