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Helping your child to achieve

Combe Pafford School is an inclusive school, committed to the success of every child.
Our curriculum is the vehicle through which children learn and the design of our ‘three circled’ curriculum of ‘personal and social’, ‘academic’ and ‘work related’, supports the children to become lifelong learners in their careers.
Throughout the school we keep careful track of each child and regularly assess learning progress against individual targets. If children have difficulty we intervene quickly and provide tailored intervention.
Getting involved in your child’s education, even in the simplest way, shows that you care about their school life. Often, the more supported a child feels at home, the more effectively she or he will learn at school. Whatever your lifestyle, or family situation, it is never too soon (or too late) to start helping a child develop a positive attitude towards learning.
Giving encouragement and showing appreciation of your child’s achievements, whether great or small, can help boost their confidence. Teaching them basic organisation and time management skills so they are not overwhelmed with projects or homework, including online learning such as MyMaths, is very helpful. Giving feedback rather than criticism, e.g. saying ‘that didn’t seem to work’ rather than ‘you got it wrong’, is important. This helps them think about where they went wrong and how they can improve in future, rather than just feeling like a failure.
It is important to keep up with what’s happening at school. This will include…..
 Making sure your child gives you any letters that are sent home.
 Using your child’s message book to contact staff whenever you need. They will want to help.
 Checking the school website when you can.
 Try to make it to the fun events, like school fairs, and to parents’ evenings.
Children live and learn in two worlds - home and school. The way the two connect and communicate can make an enormous difference to how children learn to manage in both places. If teachers, parents and children all trust, listen and talk to each other, the final goal of helping children learn and develop to their best ability is most likely to be achieved.