What is our Parents' Forum?
At Maylandsea we believe that a parents’ forum offers a useful, informal way for parents and staff to come together and discuss the development of the school. We like to encourage parents to build partnerships that will promote their involvement in their child’s education.
A parents’ forum is a fluid and active group for our school, arranged around a series of meetings organised by the headteacher.
All parents and 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.
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.
The forum meets every half term (6 times 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 these must not become personalised. The forum is not the place to air grievances. Equally it is not the place to discuss the progress or attainment of individual children within the school.
These will be placed on this page and parents will be informed of meetings and minutes on the weekly newsletter.