Home School Agreement
- Create a safe, secure and caring environment, which promotes high self-esteem and sense of worth for each child.
- Set high standards for each child so that he/she performs to his/her best.
- Communicate regularly with parents/carers, providing opportunities to discuss progress, attainment, behaviour and other successes or concerns.
- Provide a range of out of school activities that will benefit a child’s development. These will include regular homework, extracurricular clubs, and activities in conjunction with the PTFA.
Become partners with their child’s learning by:
- Encouraging their child to be positive about all aspects of school.
- Ensuring homework is done.
- Attending parent meetings and evenings.
- Supporting PTFA events.
As part of this we expect families to:
- Keep school informed of any concerns about their child’s education or changes in home circumstances that may affect the child’s performance, allowing school to respond in a supportive and confidential way.
- Ensure good attendance and punctuality for their child and accept that they are accountable for any absence or lateness, including only taking holidays in designated ‘holiday time’.
- Accept the standards which generate a good environment for the children to be in, such as standards of behaviour, of dress and punctuality.
- Support all policies and strategies that the school uses to keep a positive learning environment and a high standard of behaviour.
- Ensure that their child wears full school uniform, is smart, and brings the right equipment each day.
- Respond promptly to school requests.
- We have children in school with a severe allergy to nuts, therefore, school is a ‘nut free zone’.
- We have Healthy School Status so all packed lunches and snacks must be healthy.
- School Opens at 8.50am when children may enter the classrooms for registration at 9am. School closes at 3.30pm. Please ensure children are dropped off and collected promptly.
- Dinner Money is £6.25 per week (subject to change) and must be paid on Monday mornings (if not paying termly).
- Key Stage 1 children are entitled to a Universal Free Meal (subject to change). If your child is entitled to a Statutory Free School Meal due to certain benefits received, it is important that you still claim these, as the school receives extra funding for these children (see separate leaflet).
- Adhere to the Ladybridge Code of Conduct (please see next page).
- The purpose of a whole school Behaviour Management system is to ensure that we are consistent about what is acceptable behaviour, therefore ensuring that all staff work together to provide a secure, safe and enjoyable learning environment for our pupils. In all classes, children are expected to follow the school’s code of conduct.
The Ladybridge Primary School Code of Conduct
Key Stage Pupil of the Week Reward
Letters and phone calls/texts home
Be polite, fair and kind
Work in another room in school
See a senior member of staff
Parents contacted/letter sent home
Parents meet with school
W alk quietly around school
E verything in its place
L et others learn
L isten carefully and follow instructions
Staff have the freedom and flexibility to develop and implement their own rewards, some of which can be individual, group or class related (see above).
In cases when pupils do not meet expectations, a series of sanctions will be applied using the traffic light system which ensures that behaviour is managed consistently by all staff in school. All classes display the same Traffic Light/Behaviour Management System so that any adult can walk into any classroom in school and follow the same system/procedure. Occasionally, children may forget what is meant by expected behaviour. We keep reminding children of the school expectations, rewards and consequences in place. We expect parents/carers to support consequences used, as outlined in our Home/School agreement. Working together and supporting school will send the right messages to our children.
The Traffic Light Behaviour Management System
Green means expected behaviour
Every child begins each day on green. All children who remain on green all day are entered into a ‘lucky dip’ for the chance to win three house points; this is done at the end of each day. Most children will never move from green and will be given verbal praise, a sticker or rewarded by their class teacher or given House Points. Parents/Carers may be informed by text message or email that their child has been a good role model or represented school well etc.
A child who is displaying low-level disruption will be asked why they are choosing to behave in that way, reminded of the school expectations and consequences, and given a verbal warning.
Amber means a child is choosing to disregard expectations
If this behaviour persists then they will be placed on amber. This means the child has chosen to not listen to an adult and not follow school’s expectations of conduct. The amber card will be placed behind their photograph. The child’s name is then removed from the lucky dip for that day.
Red means a child has continually not followed expectations
(If a child is moved on to red parents will always be informed.)
If the child chooses to continue to behave inappropriately then the red card will be placed behind their photograph. Children who are moved to red miss the next playtime and complete a behaviour reflection sheet. The child’s name and a brief summary of why they have been moved to red is recorded on the class behaviour log, which is sent to the Deputy Head Teacher every Friday. If children persist with disruptive behaviour then they will work in another room in school. The Behaviour Logs are collected and analysed on a weekly basis by the Deputy Head Teacher. The Deputy Head Teacher meets with each of the pupils to discuss the incident(s) at the end of the week. If a child appears on the behaviour log more than twice in a week then the class teacher will always speak to parents to discuss the matter. Any child that is appearing regularly on the log will be sent a letter and parents will be asked to discuss the behaviour issues with their child and parents will be invited into school to discuss the issue with the Deputy Head Teacher.
It will be at the discretion of staff to bypass any steps if they feel the incident warrants it, but an explanation must be given to the child.
Any instances of verbal or physical abuse will result in an immediate move to red
There are a number of occasions when pupils will be taking part in a school activity, which may be filmed or photographed for use in connection with lessons or in association with school publicity or publications. I am sure you will appreciate that we fully understand the need to protect the interests of all our pupils, as this is clearly a sensitive issue. In line with this, your signature gives consent for the child to be photographed or filmed in relation to school activities, school publicity or publications relating to school.
Trips and visits
At Ladybridge we aim to play an active role in the local community through arranging visits and visitors that link with the curriculum. These visits include places that are within walking distance as well as those further afield, accessible by bus, car, train or coach. You will still be informed of all visits before they take place either by letter, newsletter, text or email and if you have any objections to your child attending a particular visit, you should contact the Headteacher. Many of the local visits will be free of charge, or paid for by the school, but for some visits you will be asked to make a contribution. As with previous trips, some visits will only go ahead if all children contribute. In line with this, your signature gives consent for the child to attend school trips/visits off site whilst registered as a pupil at Ladybridge Primary School.
Parent / Carer Acceptable Use Agreement—Computing
Digital technologies have become integral to the lives of children and young people, both within schools and outside school. These technologies provide powerful tools, which open up new opportunities for everyone. They can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning. Young people should have an entitlement to safe internet access at all times.
The Acceptable Use Statement of Practice is intended to ensure:
- that young people will be responsible users and stay safe while using the internet and other communications technologies for educational, personal and recreational use.
- that school systems and users are protected from accidental or deliberate misuse that could put the security of the systems and users at risk.
- that parents and carers are aware of the importance of e-safety and are involved in the education and guidance of young people with regard to their on-line behaviour.
Ladybridge will ensure that pupils have access to digital technologies to enhance their learning and will, in return, expect the pupils to agree to be responsible users. Parents are requested to sign a permission form to show their support of the school in this important aspect of the school’s work.
- As the parent / carer you give permission for your child to have access to the internet and to ICT systems at school.
- You confirm that your child has signed an Acceptable Use Agreement and has received, or will receive, e-safety education to help them understand the importance of safe use of technology and the internet – both in and out of school.
- You understand that the school will take every reasonable precaution, including monitoring and filtering systems, to ensure that young people will be safe when they use the internet and ICT systems. You also understand that the school cannot ultimately be held responsible for the nature and content of materials accessed on the internet and using mobile technologies.
- You understand that child’s activity on the ICT systems will be monitored and that the school will contact you if they have concerns about any possible breaches of the Acceptable Use Agreement.
- You will encourage your child to adopt safe use of the internet and digital technologies at home and will inform the school if you have concerns over your child’s e-safety.
Parent / Carer Use of Digital / Video Images
The use of digital / video images play an important part in learning activities. Pupils and members of staff may use digital cameras to record evidence of activities in lessons and out of school. These images may then be used in presentations in subsequent lessons. Images may also be used to celebrate success through their publication in newsletters, on the school website and occasionally in the public media.
The school will comply with the Data Protection Act and request parents / carers permission before taking images of members of the school. We will also ensure that when images are published that the young people cannot be identified by the use of their names.
In accordance with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office, parents / carers are welcome to take videos and digital images of their children at school events for their own personal use (as such use is not covered by the Data Protection Act). To respect everyone’s privacy and in some cases protection, these images should not be published / made publicly available on social networking sites, nor should parents / carers comment on any activities involving other pupils in the digital / video images.
- Parents / carers are requested to sign a permission form to allow the school to take and use images of their children.
- Parent / carers agree to the school taking and using digital / video images of their child / children and understand that the images will only be used to support learning activities or in publicity that reasonably celebrates success and promotes the work of the school.
- Parent / carers agree that if they take digital or video images at, or of, school events which include images of children, other than their own, they will abide by these guidelines in the use of these images.
Emergency Medication and Treatment
In order to ensure that in an emergency situation we can respond promptly we need your permission to carry out first aid, seek medical advice, to take your child to hospital or for him/her to receive treatment. In an emergency situation a member of staff will always contact you immediately.
If your child has been diagnosed as asthmatic by a doctor or, has been prescribed an inhaler the school will expect you to:
- Confirm that the child has been diagnosed with asthma / has been prescribed an inhaler.
- Ensure your child has a working, in-date inhaler, clearly labelled with their name, which they will bring to school every day / leave in school.
- In the event of your child displaying symptoms of asthma, and if their inhaler is not available or is unusable, sign a consent form for the child to receive Salbutamol/Ventolin from an emergency inhaler held by the school for such emergencies.
It is very important THAT in an emergency situation school IS able to make contact with you. Please ensure we have up to date emergency contact details.
School can give children prescribed medications such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and antibiotics if necessary (on completion of a medication form held at the school office).
Responsibilities for all members of the school community
Staff / Governors
To ensure children attend school every day (unless they are ill)
To provide positive role models
To teach children to respect other people’s feelings and property
To be aware of the school’s values and expectations
To support the values and expectations of the school
To ensure their child is ready and alert to learn on arrival at school
To liaise with school regarding issues which may impact upon their child’s/others’ behaviour in school
Acknowledge and reward good behaviour and celebrate success
To support and care for each other
To respect each other’s property and work
To listen to others and respect their opinions
To take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour
To do as asked by all members of staff
Agree a class ‘Code of Conduct’ in line with the school rules
To observe the ‘Code of Conduct’ at all times
To provide positive role models
To be consistent in dealing with children
To promote and share the aims and expectations of the school
To have high expectations of the children
To meet the educational, social and behavioural needs of the children
To provide a stimulating curriculum
Acknowledge and reward good behaviour and celebrate success
To teach self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills appropriate to age and understanding
To communicate and liaise closely with parents/carers