Parental Involvement in Powerstown ETNS
As a new developing Educate Together School, it is very important for us to develop a sense of community amongst our pupils, parents and families. We believe that the parent-school-pupil partnership is essential throughout the child’s education. Working together in unison will develop and nuture trust and co-operation between parents/guardians and teachers. This in turn promotes the holistic development of the child.
In keeping with the principles of multi-denominational education, our school is democratically run through management committees that are democratically elected – the Board of Management and the Patron Association – and the involvement of all parents is sought and encouraged.
Parents as a group have a range of talents, abilities and skills that have the potential to enrich and extend the educational opportunities provided for the children. It is our policy to identify parents with specific skills and to invite those parents to share their skills with us at a school and a class level.
Procedures for informing parents of matters relating to the performance and operation of the school
Benefits of Parental Involvement
Children benefit from greater diversity in the classroom.
Children profit from more one-to-one attention.
Parental skills may support and complement work already taking place.
Parental involvement actively supports and encourages the child’s learning
A wide range of activity is facilitated. This can be interesting and fun, and can lead to a broader and more holistic education
It promotes ‘good parent/teacher relationships and a better level of understanding between home and school’ (National Parents’ Council).
It enhances communication, trust and respect between parents and teachers.
Parents can learn about the curriculum.
Parental involvement allows children to see that school is an extension of home and therefore fosters the idea of the ‘school family.’
Parental skills can contribute to the smooth running and development of the school.
Parental Involvement provides the opportunity of making lifelong friends.