I think I may have tricky times ahead. There is something I feel I owe it to the pupils of the school to address, but don’t know how to do it.
Consequently, I’m after some advice here from governors or members of SLTs. It has taken me some time to realise that my contributions to the GB are appreciated. Having a new Chair has improved things vastly, and I have taken on a lot of extra tasks to help out. I now know that the Head appreciates the work I do and doesn’t see me as a busy-body, which I did fear at the beginning of my term as governor.
However, one of the things that I have always felt could improve the school experience immensely is for teaching to ALWAYS be positive and for shouting at children to be unacceptable. Let me put this in perspective – the kids are aged 4-7, there are very few serious behavioural problems, and most of the kids know the difference between right and wrong. Yet I know that the children are shouted at (I don’t know how often, although I do know mostly who by). I know this from experiences my children have had and from comments from other parents.
Now, I think that the whole culture of the school needs adjusting (not changing, as there are lots of positives) to make shouting and put-downs unacceptable. However, I don’t know how to broach the subject.
Is this something I can address? Is there a tactful way of bringing the subject up? Or is it impossible?