Home/School agreements – making them person centred and relevant
We have been reviewing our Home School policy, with the intention of making this statutory document meaningful, relevant and person centred.
Initially, I sent out a request to parents asking for their views on the existing Home School Agreement, and gave them the opportunity to suggest positive ways forward. The responses have been useful (if few in number!)and highlight the need to make the agreement accessible on a practical level; at the moment it is filed away and never reviewed.
We want to make very strong links to our key aims:
1. We will provide lessons that engage children’s minds and bodies
2. We will create a culture of respect, trust and partnership
3. We will run a happy and contented school for all
4. We will work together
5. We will be confident to try new things and take risks
6. We will develop an environment that creates a sense of belonging and pride in all the work in it.
There are statutory guidelines as to the content of a Home School Agreement, but we will be able to ‘marry’ these statutory requirements with the statements in our key aims. We want to incorporate a format that is accessible for all of this, and will be working towards a format similar to the headings on a One Page Profile. This will make it meaningful and relevant. Here are the headings that we intend to use:
What is important to us here at school? (important to)
How can we work in partnership to achieve this together? (how we can best support each other)
- What will the school do to achieve this?
- What we need you to do to help us achieve this
- What we need your child to do to help us achieve this
There are guidelines as to the process of updating a Home School Agreement; we have a named Governor who will be involved in the process, and we are now at the stage of writing a draft based on the consultation. This draft will be shown to staff, children and of course parents. We aim to have an updated, attractive Home School Agreement ready for the new academic year. But most importantly, a range of ways to making sure it means something, and is used.