when do you get primary school pack and when do the teachers come to your house

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Fizzypop001 Sun 05-May-13 20:26:17

just that really would like to no when people got theirs and how long until the teachers come thanks

Primary school pack?? We get a letter to tell us about induction visits.

Some schools have home visits, I won't be accepting one.

Runoutofideas Sun 05-May-13 20:37:43

Didn't get a pack. We had a new parents' eve in June with info about school uniform, school dinners etc. Our home visits are done in the first week of term in September, as reception class starts in the second week of term. I found the home visit very useful.

deleted203 Sun 05-May-13 20:38:45

WTF? I've never, ever heard of teachers coming round to your house. What the hell for?

PoppadomPreach Sun 05-May-13 20:39:38

moaning -can I respectfully ask why you won't be accepting one?

I found my one helpful last year, and am anticipating a second visit this year as DC2 starts in September.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 05-May-13 20:40:54

We collected a pack with uniform lists, school policies etc etc at a new parents evening we attended in June ish.

No home visits. Wouldn't have been possible anyway.

Picturesinthefirelight Sun 05-May-13 20:43:36

Can't answer for moaning but we wouldn't have accepted one either as dh and I both work in the day and at the time dh also taught from home in the evenings do unless a teacher was prepared to visit after 9pm at night or on a Sunday it just wouldn't have happened.

Fizzypop001 Sun 05-May-13 20:45:40

they do home visits so the teacher can get to know the child and parents in a place that the child is comfortable in and they talk about anything concerning the child or school. i thought it was a pack but im wrong i think

Vatta Sun 05-May-13 20:45:59

Have literally never heard of teachers doing home visits! Sounds like a good idea, but Im not sure how common it is.

Probably worth asking your school these questions, this isn't a standardised process.

Fizzypop001 Sun 05-May-13 20:48:26

thanks for the info so did you receive the letter at the end of may for the induction in june

Pozzled Sun 05-May-13 20:48:38

We got a letter from the school in late May, I think. Then there were two visits to the school in June/July and the teacher and TA did a home visit in the first week of September.

Obviously every school is different though.

Fizzypop001 Sun 05-May-13 20:50:34

thanks pozzled just new to all this

Here in Northamptonshire the incoming Reception class children are invited to school for a short look round and a play in their new classroom on a coordinated transfer day in July. It is an opportunity for parents to meet the class teacher and buy uniform.

If the child has not attended the playgroup on the same site then the parents are offered a home visit which is an opportunity for the teacher to meet their new pupil in an environment that is familiar to the child. It is not compulsory but there is almost 100% take up.

Fizzypop001 Sun 05-May-13 20:53:09

think your right wouldnt work any other way because teachers have class up until july and then holiday so makes sense that its first week of september

deleted203 Sun 05-May-13 20:53:50

Bloody hell. I have had 5 DCs through school, and have taught, albeit secondary, for over 20 years. I have never heard of teachers visiting pupils at home. You live and learn.

Don't really see it as valuable, TBH.

No home visit here (thank goodness, midwife was bad enough).
A parents evening and 2 settling in sessions in the diary.

Hulababy Sun 05-May-13 20:56:15

At the infant school I work at home visits are done in September, in first couple of weeks. The reception year start 2-3 weeks after the normal term time start. They also do preschool visits in this time, in addition to home visits.

At DD's school there are no home visits unless your child doesn't go to preschool/nursery. They always visit there instead and only do home visits if no preschool/nursery/. They happen in June/July and all children start on the same day regardless of year group.

Hulababy Sun 05-May-13 20:57:00

Oh - reminds me. the induction assembly for new parents at my school was last Thursday morning. think there is another one next month for those that missed this one.

Sokmonsta Sun 05-May-13 20:57:01

We got a pack when we visited the school for the 'new parents induction' evening. No home visits offered here. Think it was about a month before the end of the summer term as there were a few forms we had to send back before they finished for the summer.

Fizzypop001 Sun 05-May-13 20:57:09

lol dont know they do it for children that are not at the nursery my dd is going straight into reception but like one of the posts said will be visiting class in july i think

uncongenial Sun 05-May-13 20:59:06

They're also, so I was told, useful for checking the home environment and identifying if the children will need additional support.

Useful too, in my opinion. I'd welcome one.

jamtoast12 Sun 05-May-13 21:12:35

My dh got a one hour visit to class in June and no home visits. surely thats a waste of staff time as easily done in school.

They started full time from day one alongside all the other kids which i LOVED!

The visits are mainly for judging IMHO.

I will be declining for several reasons. I don't feel they are necessary or useful for us - we have another child in the school already, we all know the school and teachers already. I am a governor at the school and would be very uncomfortable with the staff coming to check out my house.

I don't anticipate it will cause any problems, given that we are engaged with the school and all the usual services so I am not hiding my children away in any fashion and I have a child who already attends regularly, is clean and enthusiastic, and no CP concerns.

If there was clear evidence they were beneficial to the child then I would consider it, but I don't believe there is - the fact that some schools do and some schools don't proves that it is not an evidence based practice IMHO.

spanieleyes Sun 05-May-13 21:25:16

They are not coming to "check out your house" , why would they? I don't think academic potential is linked to wallpaper choice, is it? They will be coming to meet you and your child in familiar surroundings, away from all the noise and disturbance in a Reception class so they can sit, have a chat and find out what your child likes/dislikes, who his/her friends are ( and who to avoid!) and to try to allay any fears you might have at handing over your nearest and dearest to a complete stranger-who probably won't seem half so bad after a cup of tea and a chat! Some schools are keen on such visits, some are not ( but then again some schools are keen on all sorts of things!)

Euphemia Sun 05-May-13 21:31:31

I've never heard of P1 teachers in Scotland visiting homes. I'm getting P1 next year and no-one's mentioned this! shock

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