The next parents forum meeting will be on 30th January 2018 from 6:00pm-7:00pm
Parents’ Forum Meeting, Tuesday 10th October 2017
1. New Assessments/
The new GCSEs were explained to parents/carers. They have been written to be more difficult and are now graded using the number grades 9-1 (9 being the highest) instead of letter grades (A*-G). Controlled Assessment/coursework has been removed by most examination boards which means students need to be fully prepared for examinations. The way in which we assess all students from Yr 7 onwards is now based on GCSE number grades so it is expected that Key Stage 3 students will receive lower number grades and this should be compared to their target point. Parents/carers were able to view an example of a progress statement and discuss what information it gives and the key issues to discuss with their child/ren.
You said – we did! Progress Statements will come with a descriptor of Behaviour for Learning and Attitude to Learning to help parents and carers to understand the grade system.
2. Social Media Apps
A number of current social media apps were discussed such as Snapchat and Instagram. Parents/carers were informed how the apps work, how young people are using them and some of the benefits and risks of such apps. General use of mobile phones and electronic gadgets were discussed along with guidance for parents and carers on appropriate boundaries.
You said – we did! An evening for parents/carers on different social media apps, security settings and how to support your child’s proper use is taking place on Thursday 23rd November 2017.
3. Parental Engagement
The college asked parents and carers ways in which they would be encouraged to attend events. Last week a Yr 10 information was held which was attended by over 40 people. This was broken down to 18 families which is less than 10% of the year group. Discussion was held about the times of events for working parents, the issue some families have with childcare in order to attend such events. A suggestion was made to ‘blog’ or film such information and share via social media and increased use of the college app MyEd was highlighted.
You said – we did! We will try and record written communication for sharing on our website.
4. MyMaths – Parent agenda item.
MyMaths was raised due to parents/carers concerns raised via the Springwell Parents Site on Facebook. Difficulties faced by young people include; not being able to log on, crashing once on, password issues, issues accessing at home, entering and remembering a number of passwords and technical issues in terms of web browser. Information with the maths Faculty regarding MyMaths was shared with the group and the availability of time within college to complete such homework was also discussed (pre-college, break and after college in the LRC and a dedicated daily homework club every lunchtime). It was felt that it would helpful to showcase how MyMaths work and to offer technical support if necessary.
You said – we did! A letter to all parents and carers regarding use of MyMaths will be sent home. A troubleshooting drop in session will be provided at next week’s Tutor Evening (19th October) along with a session for parents and carers of Yr 7 students at an evening next term.
If you would like to raise a topic for discussion, or if you have any queries regarding the Parents' Forum, please contact Sonya Walton on ext 13209.