Parents' Forum

A Parent Forum is a body which:
Enables parents to meet, share ideas and feed back to the school

Gives parents a voice and enables them to contribute to school decision making
Helps develop a partnership between parents and school

Purpose
Regular, open communication and consultation is highly valued at Mill Lane Primary School. The parent forum aims to represent the views of all parents and to be a voice to inform our school of the needs of children and families. It facilitates communication between parents/carers and staff and governors. The forum works to provide feedback on provision, offer a parent's perspective on current policy and practice and input into decision making and planning for future provision.
This takes place by:
Ensuring a diverse forum membership and representation of views from parents/carers from all backgrounds and sectors of society
The forum is not a place to address specific concerns about an individual child or issues relating to individual members of staff. Parents who need to discuss these issues should approach their class teacher or the Deputy/Headteacher.

Main Aims
To support and promote children's learning.
To help the school find out what parents and carers think about important issues.
To involve parents and carers actively in school decisions.
To make plans that support the ways the school wants to develop and improve outcomes for our children.

Membership
The parent forum's membership is made up of parents and carers of children attending Mill Lane Primary School – everyone is welcome.  The meeting is chaired by the Educational Teaching Manger.

Meetings
Parent forum meetings are held termly. The agenda is prepared in advance of the meeting and circulated by pupil mail. A typical agenda includes:
Items identified by the governing body and leadership team for discussion
Items identified by parents and carers for discussion

Reporting
Minutes are taken and circulated at least a week before the forthcoming meeting to everyone who attended the last meeting, preferably by email.