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PARENTS FORUM HELD ON WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER 2019

The following two workshops were held on:

Raising Attendance

This presentation will look at the importance of good attendance with regards to all round success at school, the policies the school has to promote good attendance and the guidelines the school has to work within provided by Norfolk County Council. 

Show My Homework

A 30 minute session to support the launching of Show My Homework. This is an online tool to help you keep track of your child’s homework.  In this session we will provide more information on how to use the system and what information it can provide. We will also cover the main points of our updated homework policy to provide clarity on how this is being implemented. A presentation was shown during the evening and can be found here

Behaviour Policy

A 30 minute presentation on the amendments to the behaviour policy and how we are working on praise and rewards.  A presentation was shown during the evening and can be found here

Mental Health Awareness

A workshop on how we offer to support students’ wellbeing and how to identify signs that your child may have emerging mental health issues. The session will also offer advice on what parents/carers can do to support; including what agencies there are, that provide help.

 

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 10 JULY 2019

The following two workshops were held on:

- Show my Homework - an online tool to help you keep track of your child's homework.  A presentation was shown during the evening and can be found here
- Behaviour Policy - amendments to the behaviour policy and how we are working on praise and rewards.  The presentation can be found here

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 22 MAY 2019

As part of our professional development provision for staff this year we have been researching and delivering sessions to staff members on different themes. The following sessions provided an overview of these areas and provided examples of how parents/carers can support their children in these areas.

Presentation on the introduction to student finance
- Explanation and Modelling - Mrs Gerrard
- Metacognition - Miss Curran
- Marking and Feedback - Mr Patterson
- Sixth Form Teaching - Mr Williams
- University Open Days and Apprenticeships with Lucy Nottingham from UEA

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 13 MARCH 2019

This term we will be focusing on key areas which will provide further information, support and guidance for parents.  The following workshops took place:-

- Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP)  (Where's Klaus)– Led by Mr Neil Philpott and PC Andy Hudson
- Dealing with exam stress - led by Mr Linnell
Preparing for future pathways - led by Miss Green

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 6 FEBRUARY 2019

The following workshops were held for parents/carers:-

1        SEN Workshop – Led by Karen Goulden

The Dyslexia Awareness session focused on resources and applications you can use to support your child with reading.

2        Progress in Maths – Led by Justin Gerrard

Mathematics is an important subject at school.  It a compulsory (core) subject because it supports so many other subjects and a good grasp of basic maths is needed for everyday life.  The 30 minute workshop included:

-        An overview of how maths is taught at the school
-        How you can support your child to make the best possible progress in maths regardless of your ability or your child’s ability at Maths.

3        Progress in English – Led by Mr Richard Patterson     

The workshop focused on reading skills necessary for the respective GCSE Language and Literature components.  The session delivered information on how we teach students how to identify, explain, analyse, compare and evaluated language and structure within a range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, along with poetry and play script. 

 4        GCSE History – Led by History Department

The GCSE history workshop focused on study tips, revision resources and key areas of the examination.  Please see the history presentation here and a GCSE History handout distributed on the evening 

5         Progress in Modern Foreign Languages – Led by Miss Lucy Curran

This 30 minute session aimed to give tips and strategies to support your child with revision for the upcoming GCSE French, German and Spanish exams.  We looked at the topics covered, the structure of the examinations and share advice about what can be done at home to prepare.  We will focus especially on the speaking exam and how to reduce potential stress levels surrounding this skill. 

6         Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance - Led by Mr Paul Rapley

A presentation on historical destination data for both KS4 and KS5 students from Taverham High School, outline the Gatsby benchmarks and the careers information advice and guidance strategy in the school.  See presentation here

 PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 14 NOVEMBER 2018

The following workshops were held on the evening of 14 November and the feedback from these sessions was very positive:-

1. What makes a successful independent learner?  Led by Mr J Linnell

Being a successful Sixth Form student is an exciting and challenging stage in their education and requires a shift in their working practices.  An integral part of post 16 study is learning to work independently; good planning and time-management skills are therefore essential.  Students need to take time to read widely around the subjects they study, explore online for additional resources and practice key skills.  Experience tells us that the students who achieve their potential are the ones that take the greatest responsibility for their own progress.  This session explains why independent learning is so valuable and provides some strategies and activities that Sixth Formers can use to maximise their performance both in Years 12-13 and beyond at University or in employment.  The session is aimed at parents and how they can support their child with these skills.

2.     Dyslexia Friendly School Quality Mark – Led by Mrs R Dixon

As a school we have applied for the Dyslexia Friendly School Quality Mark. This session will provide parents with information about this and present an opportunity for parents to feedback any thoughts as part of the application process.

3.       Supporting Your Child in GCSE Science – Led by Mr P Large

This session will provide details of how you can support your child in GCSE science. This will include guidance for supporting students with revision using the resources recommended by the Science faculty.

4.       Drug awareness and current issues in the local community

 - The Matthew Project will be coming to discuss the following:

·         Stages of drug use and types of drug;

·         Possible signs and impacts;

·         How to talk to young people;

·         How to contact us.

 - Andy Hudson from Norfolk police will be coming in to discuss the following:

·         What are the recent issue and concerns for the local community;

·         What support the police can offer within the local community;

·         What actions are being taken in the local community.

 PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 3 OCTOBER 2018

A number of workshops were held at the Parents' Forum, namely:-

1   Behaviour – Led by Mr Sean Blowers and Mr Simon Derrick

·         Expectations on behaviour – 7 positive behaviours

·         Behaviour as a barrier to learning and consequences

·         Interventions and support for students

·         Rewarding positive behaviour 

2   Attendance – Led by Mr Neil Philpott and Mrs K Brook

·         Expectations at Taverham High School

·         Importance of attendance

·         The legal implications

·         Support available 

3   Student Support – Led by Mrs Rebecca Dixon 

·         SEND code of practice

·         Taverham High School response to the code of practice

·         Taverham High School support methods

If you would like more information on this workshop please see the featured content on this page.

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 13 JUNE 2018

A workshop led by Miss R Ricketts on literacy tools and developing strategies to support our students with their literacy.  

If you would like more information on this workshop please see the featured content on this page.

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 18 OCTOBER 2017

This term, parents were invited to attend two workshops:-

i) Assessment - Led by Miss R Rickets and Mr D Hyett - at the request of some parents this was a   re-run of the workshop held last term.

ii) Curriculum and Pathways - Led by Mr P Rapley.  This workshop covered the following:-
  • Curriculum explanation : setting, options, pathways;
  • Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG);
  • A Presentation from Apprenticeships Norfolk on types and levels of Apprenticeships available to young people.

If you would like more information on any of these workshops or to download the presentations that were given please see the featured content on this page. 

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 15 JUNE 2017

Parents were invited to attend  the following workshops:-

Anti-bullying - Led by Mr Philpott and Ms Philpot

Behaviour - Led by Mr S Blowers and Ms Buffini

Assessment - Led by Miss R Ricketts and Mr D Hyett

If you would like more information on any of these workshops or to download the presentations that were given please see the featured content on this page. 

PARENTS FORUM HELD ON 14 MARCH 2017

On Tuesday 14th March we held our second Parents Forum of the year. We offered different workshops with the main focus being Teaching and Learning with an extra session on Online Protection. Parents were able to attend two of the following 30 minute workshops: 

  • Developing Resilience – Led by David Hyett (Assistant Headteacher) 

Developing resilience with our students is an integral part of helping them become responsible, independent learners. We have been working hard to develop strategies to encourage our students to become more resilient to help them fulfil their potential. This workshop will cover:

  • What resilience is and why it is important
  • What the benefits are of developing resilience in our students
  • The strategies we are developing in school to promote and develop resilience with our students
  • How parents/carers can support at home to develop resilience
  • Marking and Feedback - Led by Lucy Curran (Head of Faculty)

Providing high quality feedback is a crucial part of the learning process and contributes significantly to the progress students are making. The way in which we approach marking and feedback has developed in recent years and this workshop will explore our school approach to ensuring students receive high quality feedback to support their learning. The workshop will include:

  • How and why feedback is important
  • Different types of feedback that we believe are most effective for our students
  • How we are developing our school wide and faculty approach to marking and feedback
  • How parents/carers can support students with their learning and response to feedback 
  • How to support your child making progress in Maths – Led by Justin Gerrad (Head of Faculty)

Supporting your child with mathematics at home is an important part of their learning and progress. However, it can be very difficult and challenging to ensure support is purposeful and relevant. This workshop will include:

  • An overview of how maths is taught at THS
  • Strategies on how parents/carers can support students to make the best possible progress in maths 
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection – Led by Michelle Warren (PCSO) 

Parents are invited to attend this session that reviews how we can keep our children safe when they are online. It will also discuss the concerns regarding sexting and social media, giving you guidance in how to support your children to be sensible and safe. 

The forum was very well attended and offered us an opportunity to explore in detail the different workshops and discuss how parents/carers could support at home. Strengthening the way in which we communicate with parents is really important to us and we have been delighted with the positive feedback we have received. 

If you would like more information on any of these workshops or to download the presentations that were given please see the featured content on this page. 

Please view our calendar for upcoming Parent Forums.  If parents have any further ideas regarding topics for future parent forums or workshops please contact c_ross@taverhamhigh.org