Kate Beasley (parent volunteer) and Helen Holden (Ass SENCO) attended the first ever Rotherham Charter course earlier this year with a view to improving relationships between schools and the wider community, giving pupils and parents a voice.
The charter has five main areas of focus: care; inclusion; communication; partnership; and trust. With this in mind, parents and professionals within the Rotherham area shared their views and experiences, looking at best practice and areas for improvement. This is the first time that parents have been invited to share their views on many aspects of school life alongside their school staff. Many open and honest opinions were shared and The Rotherham Charter gave guidance for any improvements that were needed.
At Woodsetts and Anston Brook, we were already undertaking many of the recommendations and, in some areas, such areas parent involvement, leading the way. Further parental involvement has been introduced by the school opening its doors to parents and family members every Friday morning. We also now offer parent workshops in all key stages, from Foundation upwards, where we share how we teach your children numeracy, literacy and phonics.
Mrs Holden's specific area of involvement over both of our schools is supporting children with Special Educational Needs and their families. Following the Charter guidance, changes have been made regarding how the review meetings are conducted, giving pupils and parents equal voice and offering more all-round care with our wider support team. Working together with Kate has made a real difference, helping them both to understand how small changes can make a big difference. Something as simple as Kate now coming into school, with some other parents, to help sort our reading books into the correct colour bandings and keep our school library in order. We welcome anyone that would like to support learning within our schools and if you would like to become more involved, please contact our school office. Thank you for your support.