The importance of partnership
Start children off on the way they should go,
and even when they are old they will not turn from it’. Proverbs 22:6
I have, in our first few weeks of term, had the pleasure of ‘dropping in’ to a number of our Meet and Greet evenings and have enjoyed chatting with parents and caregivers. The clear message I am receiving is that the year has commenced well and that we are all hoping and praying for a more settled and predictable year.
At King’s, we value and see as vital the partnerships we form with our parents and caregivers. The task of raising a child is not an easy one, but a critical one. Where parents are able to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of teaching staff and in turn, teaching staff can draw upon each parent’s unique and intimate knowledge and understanding of their child/ren – we set up the optimum environment for great teaching and learning. Importantly, however, we also work together to construct a values framework around children’s lives that sets them up for the rest of their lives.
When I speak with parents of adolescent children, whose behaviour and/or attitudes are challenging, I often relay to them that it is the values frameworks that have been placed around their young person’s life at an early age, that will most likely see them through difficult times.
Genuine partnerships of trust between parents and staff are forged over weeks and months. Can I encourage you [if you haven’t already] to approach your child’s teacher and make yourself known to them? Speak to them about the great things that happen in your child’s life . . . as well as any concerns or difficulties they might be experiencing at school.