Our new Home School Agreement
In February, I wrote about the early stages of revising and updating our Home School Agreement. Since then, we have had a consultation with parents, asking for any initial thoughts and opinions as to what should be included in a Home School Agreement. I was pleased with the level of response to this, and the ideas were useful. One parent in particular had the idea of linking the headings with the Golden Rules. (Golden Rules are well understood throughout Primary Classrooms as being the benchmark for good behaviour). When I fed back to this parent that her idea was really good and that we had used it, she went all pink and was very pleased!
We managed to fit the required headings as laid down in statutory guidance, with the school’s aims and vision, with the Golden Rules. We were pleased that the fit happened so naturally.
Then we wrote a draft version covering the key areas of our vision:
- We will provide lessons that engage children.
Golden Rule: We work hard
- We will run a happy, contented school for all.
Golden Rule: We are gentle
- We will Work Together.
Golden Rule: We are kind and helpful
- At school, we will be confident to try new things and take risks.
Golden Rule: We listen
- Create a culture of respect, trust and partnership.
Golden Rule: We are honest
- Ensure a sense of belonging and pride.
Golden Rule: We look after property
Each of these areas had statements that came under the headings:
- The school will:
- To help the school achieve this, as a parent I will:
- To help the school achieve this, as a pupil at Norris Bank I will:
We were pleased with the way this read, and a copy has been sent to our link Governor for consultation, as well as given to staff for consultation. There has been no feedback so far that has required any changes.
Our ‘next step’ is to send copies out to our parents for consultation. This will be done after the Easter holiday, with a set date to return ideas. From there, we will make any changes or ‘tweak’ wording, ready to present to parents. The first group of parents to be introduced to this new and revised (and attractive!) Home School Agreement will be our new Reception parents, who are coming for their first meeting in June. From there we will ‘roll it out’ to the rest of our parents at the ‘Meet The Teacher’ evening in September. We have plans for keeping this live and meaningful and will update on this in future blogs.