On Thursday 10th January the Parent Council met in the Infant Building.
Present: Naomi Cavanagh, Derek Reynolds, Bobbi Fleming, Catherine Hutchins, Rachel Smith, Karen Welsh, Matthew Penn
During the meeting there was positive feedback on the latest changes to the attendance film reward process. Parents were given reminders prior to the cinema event and teachers had attendance records available on request. It was decided that these would be better made available at the end of a half term, allowing slightly more time for parents to talk to their children. The importance of attendance was clarified once again as a target in the recent Ofsted report. Children who did not attend the film were given a choice of activities to do in classes. The attendance cinema concept continues to be monitored carefully.
The issue of parking was discussed and it was agreed that the latest ‘Fix My Street’ email from school was useful to parents who were keen to maintain safety and order at drop-off and pick-up times. Ideas such as a walking to school certificate and car-sharing were also brought up and these will be discussed at the next senior leadership meeting.
It was requested that there should be a place for other parents to communicate with the parent council by the school office (such as a suggestion box) and a similar comments space via the website.
Mr Penn informed the parent council that improvements in making payments for events such as FTJ disco were being developed with a view to providing online payment options to avoid children needing to pass on paper slips and cash. Similarly an app was being launched to help parents manage their calendars and ease the number of emails received.
If you would like to mention something to the parent council, or be part of the group, please complete the form below and we will discuss your comments at the next meeting.
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.