Communication and Language:
Communication with Parents
Regular communication between home and school plays an important part in the education of all pupils. Parental involvement is welcomed and encouraged through an ‘open door’ policy.
Parents are welcome to visit the school and are also free to contact their child’s teacher over any matter. However, due to teaching commitments, it is not always convenient for the teacher to respond immediately to such visits or phone calls. Teachers are happy to arrange a meeting with parents, and will always return a phone call if they are not free to talk at the time. The school nurses are available to take phone calls on medical and care issues.
Each pupil has a Home/School Diary to keep parents informed about what has happened in the classroom each day. Information is also included on eating and personal care. Nurses and Clinicians also use the Home /School diary to communicate relevant information to parents. Parents are also encouraged to write in the Home /School diaries in order to keep their child’s teacher informed about any aspect of their child’s welfare. Any queries or concerns that parents may have can also be raised in the diary. Additional news, such as what happened at the weekend, or what other members of the family are doing is always welcomed so their news can be shared at Assembly and celebrated during circle time.
A communication passport is a simple and practical guide that can help other people to communicate and interact with pupils. It is assembled by the class teacher with input from parents, and contains information about each pupil, such as how they communicate, their likes and dislikes and their care needs. The information is presented in a small display book and is kept in each pupil’s school bag so that it can be accessed easily by people who know them and also by people who are meeting them for the first time.