As you know, “Every Child Shall Improve” is the “E” part of our YES message. This should be the mantra of everyone, not just the staff, but also parents and the children themselves. If the children are not pushing themselves to improve, then that makes the job of us adults, staff & parents more difficult.
Are there going to be times when a child does not move forward, or worse move backwards? Unfortunately Yes, but when this does happen we need to investigate why and do something about it. In fact, it is quite normal for children to have dropped back a little after the summer holidays. We often find that we test them at the end of the year for spelling for example and when we re-test them at the start of the year, they have forgotten some of their spelling strategies because they have not been using them. These reasons are fine and the children tend to quickly remember skills they’ve forgotten. But there can be other reasons for a child not moving forward that we need to be aware of. Have they been ill, has something happened that is distracting them, have they disengaged with their learning, and what can we do to support them to overcome these?
What can you do to help at home? Let us know if you notice something that maybe distracting your child/ren from learning. Keep yourself informed about your child/ren’s progress by continually checking in with their teacher/s. Drive the YES message at home with your children that they have a role to play in their continual improvement. It’s not just the job of the teachers, they themselves need to do something about their learning.