Here at Temple Meadow we believe that we have strong and positive relationship with our families and wider community. We pride ourselves on our safeguarding practice and much of this involves the close working partnership that we have with our parents.
We have therefore decided to take the first step in working towards achieving the Leading Parent Partnership Award.
The LPPA was established in 2003 and has rapidly become a well-known national quality mark. The process usually takes between 12-15 months and we therefore look to be assessed in autumn 2017.
One of the main elements of working towards the quality mark was creating a parent working party in order to gain to valuable views and opinions of parents.
There will be many ways to keep updated on our progress towards the quality mark including our whole school newsletter where we now have the – You Said We Did section, attending coffee mornings and events in school and on our website. Here on the website we will also be sharing with you some examples of our progress towards achieving the LPPA.
We started the process with a coffee morning to explore how parents currently feel about a range of statements- here are a few of the responses…
How has the school supported you and your wider family?
'Temple Meadow supported my family through the Early Help process and facilitated my child to receive support from SHIELD resulting in the family becoming whole again. Without this support, my family would have broken down. My family always have someone to turn to.'
'My eldest daughter had a problem with name calling- I approached her teacher and was told it would be dealt with. It was dealt with and I feel my concern was taken seriously and the right amount of support was given.'
'My son was supported with a stammer and confidence issues through KS1.'
How useful did you find the transition information this year?
'I find the support given to children moving into Y7 very good, the relationship they have with Forge is good for everyone.'
'The transition information is great, never had anything like it at my sons previous school.'
'The leaflets and parent meetings are very good.'
Are you clear about the school’s vision and values?
'Learning is very clear and a brilliant feature of school life.'
'More than just curriculum with extra trip and clubs.'
Some parents did however felt hat the schools values, vision and aims could be made clearer and shared more regularly with parents, this has therefore been built into the schools development plan.
Do you find the school’s reception well organised and welcoming?
'Letter carrousel in the office is very useful as you can check that you have not missed any letters.'
'Personally, I find the Reception staff welcoming and friendly.'
'Well organised and staff always eager to help especially with the new signing in technology, badge and photo for safeguarding great way to protect the school staff and children.'
Many parents wanted to know how they could support their child with phonics in order to prepare for the screening check so we ran several parent workshops…
At Temple Meadow we always try to include parents in our Irresistible Learning topics and they are often invited into school to share in our Fabulous Finish celebrations. Here are some photographs form where Year 1 parents joined their children for the Royal Banquet.
'I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with my child and seeing how chatty she was in the school environment.'
'We enjoyed the activities very much; we would have loved a whole day of fun.'
'We really enjoyed the activities and biscuit making, there could have been a few more biscuit topping choices.'
A number of parents have also requested that we run some events that enable them to expand upon their own learning. First Aid was suggested as a relevant and useful course that parents would like to engage with. We have therefore booked St Johns Ambulance to come into school to run a course entitled ‘Essentials of first aid for parents and carers.’ This is being held at Temple Meadow on Thursday 25th May 2017.