We know that language learning is most effective when learners enjoy themselves and participate fully in lessons. We also know that children learn best when their parents are interested and involved in their learning.
Information for parents
How we teach
- teach your child with others of a similar age and level.
- use a coursebook but add to it with stories, games and other fun activities.
- give your child lots of opportunities to use the language they are learning by speaking with other children, and by practising a range of skills. This helps build their confidence and improves their grades at school.
- use a range of different activities in each lesson. This helps children stay active and focused throughout the lesson. Different children learn in different ways – some through seeing, some through listening, some through moving around - so a variety of activities will make sure all children learn well.
- Help your child to become a responsible, global citizen with the English skills they need to succeed in the future.
Assessment and progress
- use continuous formative assessment (skills/participation) and mini-checks (language) to monitor your child's progress and actively encourage them to reflect on their own learning.
- update our continuous progress system (CPS) so that you can monitor your child’s progress.
- at the end of each term, give you a progress report with details of the topics and language that your child has studied, and the skills they have practised in class.
- at the end of each year, give young learner students an end-of-course certificate of achievement.
We’d like you to:
- ask your child about their lessons
- talk to your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child’s progress or participation.
- attend open days and parent meetings.
- Check the continuous progress system and discuss any issues with your child/the teacher.
Continuous progress reporting system: http://britishcouncil.com.ua/student/?language=en
Homework and learning outside the classroom
Homework and learning outside the classroom
•We will give your child homework every week to support what they have done in class. Details of this will be written on the ‘homework record’ in their British Council notebook. Primary Plus learners have access to the Primary Plus portal practice activities.
•We run year-round Reading Challenge and a Writing of the Month competition to develop your child’s skills.
•You can find lots of resources for your child at our Learn English websites:
•We also celebrate special events like Halloween, Christmas and End-of-Year Days.
You play an important role in your child's education. We would like you to:
•Check the ‘homework record’ and make sure your child does their homework before their next lesson. Write on the homework record or ask to speak to your child's teacher if you had to help them or if they found the homework very difficult.
•Play an active role in supporting your child’s learning and encourage your child to take part in the Reading Time and the Writing of the Month competition.
If your child is studying on Primary Plus course - homework shall be completed on online portal and your child
The benefits of your involvement - contacting your child's teacher
- Invite you to parents evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms
- Listen to your ideas and feedback
- Run ‘Parent workshops’ to help you help your child learn English.
We would like you to:
- Ask your child about their English lessons
- Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and attend parents’ evenings
- Speak to the teacher or our customer excellence team if you have any feedback
You can find lots of resources for parents at our website: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents
Course dates and holidays
Autumn Term 2017-18 – 2th September 2017 – 14th November 2017
Winter Term 2017-2018 – 15th November 2017 – 13th February 2018
Spring Term 2017 - 2018 – 14th February 2018 – 27th April 2018
HOLIDAYS AND NON-TEACHING DAYS
24th October 2017: Parents’ Evening
Monday 16th October: Defender of Ukraine Day
20th December 2017 – 9th January 2018: Christmas Break
8th March 2018: Women's Day
28th March 2018: Parents’ Evening
9th April 2018: Easter
28th April 2018 – 12th May: Spring break
28th May 2018: Trinity Day
28th June 2018: Ukrainian Constitution Day
24th August 2018: Independence Day
Our behaviour policy
The majority of our young learner students are responsible, well-behaved and help us to maintain a positive learning environment in lessons.
We emphasise to our students that they are responsible for their own actions and we expect them to choose to behave well while at the British Council.
We look to positively reward good behaviour in classroom. We avoid punishment for responding to misbehaviour/poor academic performance due to the effect this has on children’s development.
At the beginning of course, we take time to set up agreed class behaviour rules and then build classroom routines which remind students of our behaviour expectations.
2.Listen to teachers, staff and other students.
3.Let everybody contribute and take part in classroom activities.
4.Respect everyone and keep everyone safe.
•teach children that everybody is welcome and important at the British Council.
•teach children about good classroom behaviour.
•take action against any form of bullying and speak to you if your child has been bullied.
•only discuss your child’s behaviour with you (not other parents).
•speak to your child if their behaviour is disruptive and explain to them why their behaviour is a problem.
Child protection policy
The British Council is committed to:
•valuing, respecting and listening to children
•ensuring all necessary checks are made when recruiting staff
•sharing information about child protection and good practise with children and parents/carers
•look after your child from when they arrive until you collect them.
•only let your child go home alone if you have told us they can (if they are 11 years old or older).
•only let your child go home with the people you have told us about.
•speak to you if your child has hurt him/herself.
We’d like you to:
•bring and collect your child on time.
•Complete a form “YL badge” to tell us who will be collecting your child (you can name three ‘designated guardians’)
•If your child is older than 11 years old, sign a consent form giving your permission for them to leave alone, or name three ‘designated guardians’, who will collect them
•let us know if your child will be absent for one or more lessons
We’re always interested in what you think of our courses and services, what we are doing well, or what we could improve.
No matter how good communications are, disagreements and misunderstandings can occur. If you have a concern or a complaint relating to your child, please speak to your child’s teacher about it directly at email@example.com.
- whether it is a complaint, query or comment
- the urgency of the matter
- your child’s full name
- his/her timetable and level.
Most concerns or complaints are easily resolved, especially if they are mentioned early on. However, if the concern or complaint isn’t easily resolved and requires further investigation, we will inform you of the likely timelines for resolution.
Frequently asked questions
Can I choose the teacher?
No. The British Council is an equal opportunities employer. All our teachers are professionals with relevant experience regardless of nationality. Students are reminded that they sign up for courses, not teachers.
What do I do if I have a problem?
Remember, if you have any questions, you can speak to your child’s teacher or a member of the Customer Excellence Team (CET) or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Which course book does my child need?
Please follow this link to see the book list.