For many teachers, contact with parents from diverse backgrounds is often a challenge. That is why the employees of the Huis van het Kind, the Social House and the Agency for Integration and Civic Integration joined forces to support teachers in Ninoof primary education in this.
In the spring of 2021, after a number of working sessions with a delegation from every Ninoof primary school, the action plan ‘Powerful collaboration with – non-native – parents’ was drawn up. The first was an educational brochure for parents who are new to Ninove. This brochure, distributed by Kind en Gezin, the civil affairs department and Huis van het Kind, contains information about the operation and expectations of the schools. The bridge figure operation has also been optimised. Schools can call on a bridge figure when the cooperation between school and parents is not going well. The mediator can support during conversations, but can also provide information about school activities, welfare services or free time in Ninove. In 2022, work sessions on communication with non-Dutch speaking parents were started, after which the range of language tools was expanded and a decision model and a vision text were developed for the schools. The primary schools are already working with this material.
Pedagogical study days
During the work sessions it also became clear that there is a need for extra support from the teachers. Not only the management and the care team must be involved in this story, but the entire school team. That is why it was decided from the work sessions to organize a pedagogical study day in November for all teachers, care teachers and boards of all Ninoof primary schools of each school group. During the study day, the necessary tools are provided to achieve a powerful collaboration with all parents. Communication tools, clearly spoken language, parental involvement, clear letters… were all on the agenda, in addition to workshops by employees of the Agency for Integration and Inburgering, Society Building, De Zuidpoort schools from Brussels, Ronse and Aalst. After this study day, the teachers set to work with the inspiration gained.
Veerle Cosyns, Alderman for Social Affairs: “I am very proud of the study day that our employees organized for the schools. The themes fit in well with the needs of teachers and the content is of high quality. Educating and motivating children to learn is a shared task between parents and schools. Both parties reinforce each other, so I am pleased that the schools want to invest time in how they can reach even more parents. But parents also have a great responsibility: it is important that they are aware of the value of monitoring the school performance of their children.”