Tales from the Heads Office #11
There is a lot going on in school at the moment so I’m writing a lot from my Office. Hope you like my quips, quotes& ramblings many of which come from 13 years experience as a HT. All views expressed are my own.
Each Thursday from 8-9pm there is an online discussion between teachers, deputies, head teachers, governors & others who are interested in education. Apart from sharing views, this debate provides an opportunity for practitioners to share ideas. For many taking part it has become part of their CPD (Continual Professional Development).
The topic this week was ‘Engaging Parents’. It was hosted by Ian Addison (to see his blog for full details )
It was a fast & at times furious discussion with lots of ideas about how to get parents more involved in their children’s time at school. Suggestions included- open mornings, sharing learning through workshops, positive correspondence praising achievement, more face to face opportunities & using twitter/email & other new technologies.
You can see a transcript of the discussion here. What we now need though is to reach out to parents & ask you how you would like to be involved in your child’s education beyond receiving an annual report. What sort of activities would you join? What do schools need to do to really engage you & get your views?
Please leave comments & views below. Alternately you can post a tweet using the hashtag #ukedchat. All comments & ideas will be collected & shared so please take a couple of minutes to let your views be known.