Parental Involvement

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Helping in School

Parents have many skills and talents that can benefit our pupils and the school welcomes the involvement of Parents and values the support they can give to learning. If a Parent is interested in working in the school, we would ask that they contact the school so that we can include their details, including availability, specific interests and skills etc. on our Parent/Carer Helper Register. We will also require all Parents to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check to secure the safety and welfare of all our pupils and staff. There is a short parent helper booklet available from the school office for parents who assist in school.

Parents Forum

At Balgowan we believe that a Parents’ Forum offers an informal way for parents, staff  and governors to come together to discuss the development of the school. We actively encourage parents to build partnerships that will promote their involvement in their child’s education.
The purpose of our parents’ Forum is:-
  • To give parents a voice in the school.
  • To involve parents in the life of the school.
  • To ensure a free flow of communications between parents and staff.
  • To act as a link with the local community.

All parents, carers and staff at the school are given the opportunity to attend the forum and take part in discussions. It does not have responsibilities or decision making powers. These belong to the governing body. For example the Parents’ Forum cannot change policies, but can comment on them prior to their implementation.

The responsibility for the organisation and management of the forum rests with the Head Teacher. Meetings informal but do have a structure.  Parents are given the opportunity to suggest ideas for future meetings.

Issues selected for discussion should meet the school’s aims and objectives and encourage a genuine two way flow of information between parents and staff to ensure that these discussions are beneficial.

No issues will be selected that would bring the school into disrepute. Everyone at the forum is entitled to hold an opinion, or to disagree with an opinion, but that it should not become personalised. The forum is not the place to air grievances, either by staff or parents. Grievance and complaints procedures are in place to deal with issues should they arise.  Equally it is not the place to discuss the progress or attainment of individual children within the school.