At Wickham Common we believe that a parents' forum will offer an informal way for parents, staff and governors to come together to discuss the development of the school. We wish to actively encourage parents to build partnerships that will promote their involvement in their child's education.
What is a parents' forum?
A parents' forum is an active group for a school, generally arranged in a series of meetings organised by the Head Teacher or a senior manager. The purpose of our Parents' Forum is:-
Who is involved in the forum?
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.
Managing the meetings
Responsibility for the organisation and management of the forum rests with the Headteacher. Meetings are informal but have a structure. Parents are given the opportunity to suggest ideas for future meetings.
Organising the forum
The forum meets twice a year with a clear agenda. 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.
Some examples might include discussions about:
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.