At The Tynings School, we are very clear that we are here for the children and that they are our prime concern at all times. We want to provide the very best opportunities we can for our pupils to learn, expand their horizons and become good, caring citizens of the world.
Mums, dads and carers have a pivotal role in helping us to provide the best for the children of The Tynings School, and we have many ways of engaging with them:
The class teacher is your first port of call – he/she can answer the vast majority of questions you may have and be able to put into the context the things your child may say about their day. Please do not expect to be able to see your child’s teacher first thing in the morning – the teacher’s main priority is to settle the class and start the learning journey. It is best to arrange a meeting with the teacher at the end of the day or by phoning the school office.
Your relationship with your child’s teacher is essential to get the best out of your child’s time at The Tynings School.
Mum, dad and carer consultations and reporting
We have three evening opportunities each academic year for you to meet with your child’s class teacher. You will also be given a report at each of these meetings of how your child is doing. These meetings last 10 minutes. We send out details of how to book a meeting nearer the time.
Family Coffee Mornings
Every term we invite you to join us for a cup of tea or coffee (and often a cake!) where there will be a chance to meet with senior staff as well as our family support worker. There is often a quick presentation on an aspect of school life and there’s always a chance to talk to the staff present. Pre-school children are most welcome (we have squash and biscuits as well as a range of toys for them to play with). Dates are advertised in “The Tynings News” and on the school calendar.
Family Support Worker
We strive for all the children at The Tynings School to be happy, healthy and secure; to achieve this, we must make sure we take care of their mental health as well as their learning needs and physical health. We are aware that children are learning how to be part of society with its complex rules and expectations, and that we must not assume our children understand how to deal with new feelings and situations with confidence. This is a natural part of growing up. However, there are times when situations arise at home or school that affect children greatly, such as bereavement, illness, debt or a relationship breakdown.
We have a very experienced and empathetic family support worker who is able to support you and your child through such traumatic times as well as to work with your child if he / she is finding things tough. Our family support worker is also able to signpost you to service that may be of help and advise on a number of different topics. There is no issue too small – you can find out more here>>>
Volunteering at The Tynings School
We welcome mums, dads, carers and other family members to come and help at The Tynings School in a number of ways. If you are interested in volunteering, please talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. You may be able to offer some of the following, or more:
- General classroom assistance (cutting out, support with activities (often art!), etc);
- A visit based on your profession or skills (we’ve had police officers, medical staff, fire and rescue officers, vets, engineers, archaeologists and many others!). You may be able to offer something that relates to the theme the class is studying;
- Help walking children to / from local facilities and help on school trips;
- Reading Ranger (Find out more here>>>), giving identified children even more opportunities to read to an adult. Training is provided for this.
We have a set of web pages aimed at mums, dads and carers to find out other ways in which you can support your child and the school. Take a look and if you have any further questions, contact us.
Together we can provide your child with the best opportunities to learn and grow.