Tairangi School Community Partnership Policy
Learning is enhanced if a partnership is established between the school and its community. Effective communication and consultation is the base of this partnership. Consultation should be ongoing, recognising that all people in the community contribute to the values and heritage of the Tairangi community.
- To reflect in the school the unique qualities of the community
- To develop children’s relationships between in-school and out-of school learning.
- To share and recognise children’s experiences and interest in making decisions about learning.
- To share responsibility for the outcomes of teaching and learning programmes.
- Communication and consultation by the school and the Board of Trustees will take a variety of forms – newsletters, meetings, committees, questionnaires etc
- All groups within the community will be consulted
- The purposes of each form of consultation should be clearly defined and difficult areas handled with sensitivity and honesty.
- Consultation may provide information for further action; share vital information; pose questions and seek answers; clarify issues; provide motivation; follow a sequence; inform; involve one group or a combination of groups from within the community or the wider educational community
- Each year the Board of Trustees will report to the community at public meeting on how the Charter objectives relating to community partnership, equity, staffing, finance and property development have been met.
- The Principal will report to the Board of Trustees and community on curriculum achievement, professional and school-wide developments. This will take place monthly at the Board meeting and also at the Board’s annual meeting.
- Reports will be written, brief and available for the community to read.
- Dates for annual and monthly meetings will be publicized to parents and will be designated as specified by legislation.
- Procedures will be provided to enable students, staff, parents and members of the Board of Trustees to voice their concerns, comments and questions in a manner which respects the dignity and confidentiality of all concerned.
When a school’s community is consulted they can be helped to own their school, to feel a sense of responsibility and to care for what happens there. Recognition will be given to different cultural dimensions of knowledge and the traditions and heritage of a community.
Consultation in this context means the following process:
- identifying concerns or issues
- involving a working party to explore solutions
- making recommendation about a solution
- asking for feedback from the rest of the learning community
- re-examining the recommendation in the light of feedback and then making the decision
NOTE: Consultation does not mean involvement in decision making, but rather, having the opportunity to have your view taken into consideration by the decision makers.
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