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Parental Involvement Policy

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Policy on Parental Involvement

1. Introduction
Our school is a community where pupils, parents and teachers collaborate and work in partnership for our children. When parents decide to send their child to our school they are entering a very important relationship.
Our school is democratically run. This means that management committees that are democratically elected run it, and the involvement of all parents is sought and encouraged.
A high level of parental involvement is a feature of our school and requires a commitment from parents.
Parents as a group have a range of talents, abilities and skills that have the potential to enrich and extend the educational opportunities provided for the children. It is our policy to encourage parents with specific skills to share their skills with us at a school and a class level.
Respect for the professional role of the teacher and the statutory responsibilities of the Principal, Patron and the Board of Management is always an important consideration.
Parents are invited to become involved in the school in many ways and at many levels, for example:
Serving on school Board of Management.
Policy making, e.g. Code of Discipline; Relationships and Sexuality Education; Religious Education Programme; Homework.
In the classroom

2. Benefits of Parental Involvement

Children benefit from greater diversity in the classroom.
Children profit from more one-to-one attention.
Parental skills may support and complement work already taking place.
Parental involvement actively supports and encourages the child's learning.
A wide range of activity is facilitated. This can be interesting and fun, and can lead to a broader and more holistic education
It promotes 'good parent/teacher relationships and a better level of understanding between home and school' (National Parents' Council).
It enhances communication, trust and respect between parents and teachers.
Parents can learn about the curriculum.
Parental involvement allows children to see that school is an extension of home and therefore fosters the idea of the 'school family.'
Parental skills can contribute to the smooth running and development of the school.
Parental Involvement provides the opportunity of making lifelong friends.

3. How to Get Involved

Parents are, first of all, invited to consider their skills, interests and time available, and communicate this information to the class teacher or the principal.

Parents can consult with the class teacher about hobbies, skills or interests they can share with the class bearing in mind that needs change from year to year.

Parents can work in conjunction with the teachers in a planned and co-ordinated way. For example, they could help with library and shared reading book exchange, assist at art times, or work with the children at various curricular activities.

Ongoing projects over a number of weeks may enhance and enrich the work the children are involved with in the classroom: parents are encouraged to discuss any ideas they may have with the teacher.

Parents can help with tours, art and P.E. resources, and may also like to make costumes for school concerts.

Parents are invited to become involved in many extra-curricular activities such as football, music, art, craft and baking and would be particularly welcome to initiate project work with the children in the areas of the school garden, a children's newsletter etc.

Opportunities are endless - baking, woodwork, cultural exchanges and discussion…the school welcomes all ideas.

Guidelines for Getting Involved

¢ Parents come into the classroom at the invitation of the teacher by prior arrangement and for an agreed purpose.
¢ A child's personal history and academic achievements are strictly confidential. Any doubts about issues of confidentiality must be discussed with the teacher.
¢ Respect for the teachers in their professional capacity is essential.
¢ Discipline remains the responsibility of the teacher.
¢ All work will be supervised by the teacher.
¢ In the interests of safety toddlers and younger children cannot be accommodated during a classroom activity.
¢ The highest standard of behaviour and language is expected.
¢ No fees are payable. Any expenses that you wish to reclaim must be sanctioned in advance by the teacher, and must be accompanied by receipts.
¢ The school ethos must be upheld at all times.
¢ Parents will be asked to sign an agreement to abide by the school policy on Parental Involvement in the School.

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