Communication between home and school is very important. At Brockley Primary School we do not always produce ‘Newsletters’ instead we regularly send letters, leaflets, text messages and update our school website almost daily.
Also, don’t forget everyday we operate a ‘Meet & Greet’ system which means there’s always someone available to speak to from the team.
We are such a busy school and like to keep you informed as much as possible. Therefore remember to check your child’s bag regularly, update the office if you change your mobile number and visit the website – we don’t want your child to miss out!
Communication between parents and school is vital. To help ensure school hears the messages from parents we have developed The Parent Voice Committee here at Brockley Primary School. All parents are automatically members when their child enrols.
If you would like to lead this committee then please committee the nomination form below. A copy of the constitution is also provided for you to ensure you understand the role of the committee.
stay – This letter contains all the details about our new club ‘Stay and Play.’ It is held every Thursday afternoon during term-time from 1:30pm until 3:00pm. Children attending morning nursery are permitted to attend the session in an afternoon. Parents must stay on site and be responsible for their child at all times.
1. Are schools obliged to admit children who are not toilet trained?
Schools must not discriminate against or disadvantage disabled children or those with special educational needs. This is in line with the Equality Act 2010 which states that a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out day to day activities.
A delay in achieving continence can be considered a disability. It is therefore not acceptable to refuse admission to school to children who are not yet toilet trained.
The Children and Families Act, which came into force in September 2014, places a statutory duty on schools to make arrangements to support pupils with medical conditions, in terms of both physical and mental health. Medical conditions include bladder and bowel problems. If a continence issue has been identified and will not be resolved before the child starts school (whether related to toilet training or not), the child cannot be refused entry to the school.
Schools therefore can’t turn away children that aren’t continent, but must work to support those children in the school environment so that they can play an active role in school life, remain healthy and achieve their academic potential.
School governing bodies should ensure that school leaders consult health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure the needs of children that aren’t toilet trained are effectively supported.
2. Do two adults need to be present when changing a child who’s had an accident?
Children that start school and are not toilet trained will undoubtedly have accidents and will need to be changed. Staff who are going to help a child with intimate care should make sure another member of staff is aware of their intentions and is in the vicinity and visible or audible (see page 14 of the ‘Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings‘, 2015). There is no written legal requirement for two members of staff to be present when a child is being changed.
3. Can parents be asked to come into school to change their child?
Although school staff should use their discretion and judge each case on its merits with reference to a child’s individual healthcare plan, it is not generally acceptable practice to oblige parents to come into school in order to change their child after they have wet or soiled themselves.
4. Isn’t it the parent’s responsibility to toilet train their child?
Schools do not have a legal duty to toilet train children, but they can support children who are being toilet trained at home and can signpost parents to information to help them with toilet training.
If a parent knows that their child will not be fully toilet trained in time for the start of school, or if they suffer from a specific continence condition such as constipation or urgency, parents should let the school know well in advance so that the school can be prepared.
For instance, the school might need to arrange additional training for staff, or might need to ensure there is an appropriate place for children to be changed or for spare clothes to be stored.
If a child has a continence condition such as severe constipation, the school will need to work with the parents and key health professionals involved in the child’s care to create a healthcare plan so that they can effectively support the child.
If a parent has notified the school that their child is not toilet trained, the school can direct them towards ERIC for information about toilet training and other continence problems.
Schools and nurseries can also signpost parents towards ERIC’s resources, in particular: