Parent questionnaire to governors (Autumn Term 2018) 'ease of access to staff – comments always welcomed, acknowledged and responded to' 'fantastic teachers who inspire the children'
June 2018 Questionnaire Results
Thank you to all of our parents and carers who returned their questionnaire feedback. We really value your comments and, as you know, we consider your suggestions very carefully when reviewing our school systems and policies. Leadership again had a positive response. The co-headship is in place as it is a legal requirement to have a named head teacher for each day of the week, as Mrs Roberts works 4 days, that required us to appoint a head teacher for 1 day a week. Mrs Dodd has filled this role extremely successfully. We were really pleased that communication is rated so highly. Teachers, leaders and office staff work very hard to ensure families are kept up to date with events in school, e-safety information and gain an insight into school life through the newsletter, website and app. Behaviour was also rated highly.
After the feedback in November’s questionnaires, the staff, particularly Mr McDonagh, have worked with other local schools to improve the opportunities for competitive sport – this has been recognised in your positive comments and we intend to continue to develop this area next year. November’s feedback also indicated parents wanted more guidance and support with mental maths at home. This led to the launch of mathletics and the well received, parents’ maths workshops in January. These actions have resulted in 74% of parents now saying agree/strongly agree for this area (in November it was 53%). Again, this will be continued into next academic year. You were also more positive about homework this time, although we acknowledge that there is more work to do regarding reading books for lower key stage 2 to support the children at home. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time with other ideas or suggestions to support our school.
Over half of families responded to the leadership/homework /behaviour questionnaire sent out after half term, please see results above.
We are really pleased at how highly leadership is thought of, we also are very happy at how approachable and friendly you have found the teaching staff to be. After your feedback and discussions with staff and governors, we are making a few changes:
• We are stopping the behaviour point system as we agree that other systems and rewards are more effective.
• We are not going to be giving weekly homework tasks out to children in reception, year 1 & 2. We would still like children to read every day, practise spellings & mental maths. We will still set a few open-ended topic based challenges to be completed during the year.
• Homework will remain weekly in Key Stage Two (rolling cycle of subjects), although we will endeavour to balance more structured tasks with open-ended creative challenges to appeal to a greater range of learning styles.
• All parents will be given greater guidance on what mental maths we are teaching at school & recommend tasks/games to support this learning at home.
• We are evaluating our home reading system for to ensure parents continue to feel able to support with reading at home.