Good Practice in Parent-Teacher Relations/Meetings
St. Columba’s N. S. is a Catholic primary school which strives to provide a caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are addressed. Parents and teachers are partners in the children’s education. We recognise that co-operation and communication between home and school and the wider community are vital ingredients in the educational process. We all share the same aim – the well-being of the children in our care.
It is reasonable to expect parents/guardians and teachers to follow the above guidelines.
Aggressive or intimidating behaviour, either physical or verbal, is unacceptable. If this happens during a meeting both teacher and parent/guardian have the right to terminate the session. If necessary the assistance of the principal, a colleague or I.N.T.O. representative may be enlisted.
There is a Complaints Procedure in place, agreed by the INTO and CPSMA (Catholic Primary School Management Association) , should a parent wish to make a complaint about a teacher.
INTO/CPSMA Procedure for dealing with complaints by parents against teachers
The INTO and CPSMA reached agreement in 1993 on a procedure for dealing with complaints by parents against teachers. The purpose of this procedure is to facilitate the resolution of difficulties where they may arise in an agreed and fair manner. The agreement lays in five stages the process to be followed in progressing a complaint and the specific timescale to be followed at each stage.
Only those complaints about teachers which are written and signed by parents/guardians of pupils may be investigated formally by the Board of Management, except where those complaints may be deemed by the Board to be :
Unwritten complaints, not in the above categories, may be processed informally as set out in Stage 1 of this procedure.