A strong Parent Engagement programme underpins the Fortes approach to education. Research has proven that when parents are not only engaged but actively participating in their child’s education and learning at home, the child does much better at school and indeed achieves greater success as an adult in life.
Fortes’ Parent Engagement Programme provides parents the required guidance, understanding, infrastructure, resources, parenting tips, support groups, informational workshops, volunteer organisations and channels to assist parents in participating in their child’s learning. A Fortes school Parent Engagement Programme has several key initiatives and channels of communication:
What Makes Our Parent Engagement Programme Successful
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a unique technology initiative of Fortes Education to digitally keep in touch with students and their parents. Parents and students are able to download the VLE mobile app on Apple and Android devices. The VLE provides constant updates about a child’s education, behaviour and activities at school. This seamless online communication helps develop a strong partnership between the school and parents.
Parent Drop-in Sessions occur once a month and Parent Teacher Meetings once a term. Both consist of consultations with the teacher where parents have an opportunity to discuss their child’s progress, outcomes, targets and how to support their child’s education.
Workshops are held twice a term where parents learn of their child’s programme of study so they can actively participate in supporting their child's education.
The Parent Volunteer groups channel the positive ethos, goodwill and creativity of parents to enhance the student learning experience and to strengthen ties between the school, parents and students. The groups get involved in fund-raising and event support and organisation. The groups encourage development of a community spirit within the school with parents socialising and having fun with each other, students and faculty, and promote goodwill with and benefit to the community.
Typical events organised by the Parent Volunteer groups include:
Through the Parent Association, parents get involved in various community, teacher and student related portfolios.
Through the Advisory Council, parents have representation on school matters and are able to voice their concerns to the school in a formal manner. In this way, a constructive dialogue is maintained between all stakeholders in the school.
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Tameem House building
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Phone: +971 4 447 1448
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