At Coleridge we welcome and encourage parental involvement in many aspects of school life. We have a home school policy, which outlines the various ways in which parents are partners in their children’s education both in and out of school.
There are many opportunities for parents who wish to help in school, for example: helping in the library, hearing children read, school trips, club time, offering a wide range of activities such as juggling, cooking, and gardening, putting up displays in the school, talking with children about different occupations, religious festivals, showing and playing musical instruments, and helping with fundraising activities organised by the parents (Coleridge Families) such as the Summer Fair, Advent Fair, cake sales and sponsored events.
Some parents provide help in the classroom. This may include helping with an artwork activity, being available to assist with ICT, helping the teacher with clearing up, or reading a story. As individual professionals, teachers have differing views about parental help in the classroom. For example, some teachers find that parents helping with reading works well, others prefer not to involve parents in this classroom activity.
We have training sessions for parents in aspects of maths and literacy if they would like to volunteer on a regular basis.
At Coleridge the policy is to support the diversity of teachers’ views and perspectives. If parents would like to help in the classroom it is very important that they discuss this with the class teacher and respect the teacher’s views and decisions about what works best in their class. We also try, where possible, to accommodate the needs of working parents who may only be able to help at specific and limited times.