Welcome Packs for pupils and parents

Posted by Ewa Jozefkowicz on Aug 30, 2019 10:52:46 AM

Interventions

With the new school year fast approaching, you may be looking at your induction plan, and particularly at welcome packs for new pupils and parents. In the post below, we look at what might be included in such packs, and offer examples from different types of schools.

Welcome packs for parents

Welcome packs for new parents normally include all the key information about the school day, including: 

  • Dropping off and collecting children from school
  • Channels of communication with parents, including parents’ evenings
  • Methods of recording and sharing pupil progress with parents
  • Information about school clubs and extracurricular activities

Hill West Primary School, an academy in Birmingham, has a welcome pack for new parents which is written by parents of children already at the school. It includes answers to questions, such as:

  • How do I let the school know about medical and hospital appointments?
  • When can I see my child's books, their targets and their progress?
  • What should I do if my child is unwell and unable to go to school?

You can download the full pack here

Grassington Church of England (CofE) Voluntary Controlled (VC) Primary School in North Yorkshire has a school admission pack for the parents of pupils who are new to the school.

The pack has a section on page 3 which looks at what parents “can do at home to ease the early days at school”. It suggests the following skills which might be useful to help their child develop before he or she starts school:

  • Recognising his or her name when written down
  • Being able to get dressed, fasten buttons and tie shoelaces
  • Going to the toilet alone
  • Using a knife, fork and spoon

You can download the full pack here

Welcome packs for pupils

Welcome handbooks for pupils vary depending on school type, but common contents include: 

  • Information about timings of the school day and managing lateness
  • Staff responsibilities and photos
  • Homework
  • Information about school uniform and equipment
  • Rewards and sanctions

E P Collier Primary School has a pupil welcome pack written from a first-person perspective which also includes: 

  • The locations of different rooms with pictures
  • Information about where book bags are stored
  • Information about school dinners and packed lunches
  • Information about P.E. lessons and where to store games kits

You can download the full pack here

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