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On Thursday 28th February the Parent Council met in the Infant Building.
Present: Naomi Cavanagh, Derek Reynolds, Bobbi Fleming, Rachel Smith, Karen Welsh, Matthew Penn.
Discussions around the use of Class Dojo centred around parents' access when trying to view more than one child. There also seemed to be one or two issues when setting up Class Dojo on two separate devices. Mr Penn said that he would try out Class Dojo from a parent's perspective to try and resolve these issues and investigate the information available to parents (such as varying the 2 week total).
Mr Penn confirmed that there had been alterations to the Newsletter which was to become termly, as latest news was now delivered directly through the school app.
A revision of the school curriculum was discussed, with parents invited to suggest elements of the current curriculum that worked well or needed improvement. A facility for all parents to do this is now on the 'CURRICULUM' section of the school website. Fixing the amounts parents are expected to pay towards extra events such as trips, local visits, educational presentations by visiting groups etc. was also mentioned. Currently this totals approx. £50 per year.
Started in November 2018, the TJ Parent Council is a group of our parents chosen by the parents of children in each class to represent their views. It provides a place to put forward views to the school leaders and the governing body and is a more accessible way to allow parents to help influence decisions made about the school, enabling people who care to make a real contribution to the education of their children.
The TJ Parent Council works in partnership with the school to:
The following is a non-exhaustive list of matters on which the Parent Council will provide a forum for consultation and advice:
Areas influenced by Parent Councils in other schools:
Some topics cannot be addressed by the Parent Council & should be referred directly by individual parents to the class teacher in the first instance or a member of the school leadership team (Mrs Dunnico, Mr Penn, Mrs Preedy or Mrs Wright).This includes matters associated with:
How is this achieved?
The Parent Council will meet half termly. Meetings will be minuted and made available to all parents, the Senior Leadership Team & the Governing Body. Meetings will be conducted in a positive spirit, be constructive and solution focused.
Membership of the Parent Council is open to all parents and carers who have a child currently at Thomas Jolyffe Primary School.
There should be a minimum of 1 volunteer parent representative from each class. In the event of a number of volunteers stepping forward for the role of Parent Council class representative, parents may need to organise a vote or ask school to organise one on their behalf.
If a Parent Council member acts in a way that is considered by other members to undermine the objectives of the Parent Council, their membership of the Parent Council shall be terminated if the majority of parent members agree. Termination of membership would be confirmed in writing
From January 2019 The Parent Council will meet each half term on the first Thursday of the first full week from 2.30pm to 3.15pm.
Should a vote be necessary to make a decision, each parent member at the meeting will have one vote, with a majority decision required to proceed. For example, members of the Parent Council can request that an additional meeting be held as long as the majority agree.
All meetings will be minuted and a copy of the minutes provided to the Head Teacher and all members before publication. These will then be made available to the whole school community and teachers via the school website, the school newsletter & emailed to parents via the Class/Parent Council representatives of each class.
In order to reach a wide cross-section of parents from the school, surveys which may lead to a change of provision, i.e. school uniform, school dinners etc, will be conducted electronically so that all parents have fair opportunity to comment. All suggestions for change will be put to the Governing Body who will make the final decision as to whether a change in provision is required.
Key Rules for all members to observe during meetings:
Role of Reps
Each rep is expected to cascade information to their classes, inviting feedback/ideas and suggestions in advance of or response to any meetings. Reps are expected to attend each meeting or ask another parent from that class to represent them at the meeting where possible. Reps are encouraged to fully participate in discussions and positively represent the views of their classes.
Any parent is welcome to join a working party sub-group without the need to be a member of the Parent Council if required. Please speak to your Parent Council class rep if you are interested.
The definition of a ‘parent’ is an adult including mother, father, carers with parental responsibility or care for a child attending the school.