Parents are encouraged to interact with students in the completion of their homework and are encouraged to check Show my Homework tasks on a regular basis. In addition Behaviour Watch will send parents and carers emails to highlight when a student has been given Character Strength rewards, and if they have failed to meet the school's expectations of behaviour. Conversations between parent and child on the topics of learning, positive behaviour and homework support the learning process and foster positive relationships at home.
Responsibilities of the Parent:
- To ensure your child has all of the correct equipment to work effectively.
- To ensure your child has a table, a chair and is not disturbed whilst working.
- To check Show my Homework and Behaviour Watch regularly.
- To discuss with your child a suitable time to complete homework as time with the family is important too.
- To check presentation of homework being returned to school.
- To provide the school with information about any problems by contacting your child's Mentor.
When speaking with your child it is important to ask the right questions, not questions that are closed and result in you getting one word answers. Try asking the following questions instead:
- What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?
- Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
- What have you enjoyed most about today?
- What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
- “I know you were stressed out about that English test. What happened?”
- Can you talk me through your report/results?
For many students their answers will reflect on the type of day they have had. The questions above are a great starting point to ask more questions.
If you are concerned regarding the progress of your child at school please contact their Mentor in the first instance.