The teachers in Years 1 to 6 use Class Dojo, which is a communication app for the classroom. It connects teachers and parents/carers, who use it to share photos, videos and messages. Parents/carers will receive an email from their child’s class teacher to sign up for Class Dojo. A printed copy with details of how to set up Class Dojo is available from the teacher on request.
The purpose of ClassDojo is to give parents/carers an insight into the learning of their child in the classroom by providing a point of discussion with the child outside the classroom. The main ways in which this is done is via images of activity in the class, with a short text description, or through the award of house points. It is a closed system which can only be shared with parents/carers who have been provided with a login. The system is closed to either just a particular class, or it is possible to share whole school events.
It is not a communication link between a parent and teachers for important information, as there is no guarantee the teacher will pick up the message during the day. Messages should be sent via the School Office, for example if a different person is collecting a child home or details of medical appointments. Teachers may use ClassDojo for non-essential class information e.g. trip reminders, asking for help, to highlight pupil achievements, or check letters have reached home. Information about trips and events will always be communicated in a letter too.
- Award house points (linked to the Rainbow Pledges)
- Post images of learning in the classroom, school trips, residential visits, to share with parents/carers
- Be aware of online safety in regard to images of pupils
- Display images in line with parental consent
- Use the messaging service with parents/carers to inform about low key information; homework reminders, asking for parental help, reminders, thanking for support etc
- Not to use ClassDojo in a negative manner
To support teacher well-being: teachers have their Dojo accounts to have ‘quiet hours’ between 6pm and 8am during term time. Teachers will only respond to messages within these time slots. An automatic response is sent to parents to acknowledge their message, but also remind them that teachers do not receive messages during ‘quiet hours’.
- To use images and house points to discuss with pupils about their learning
- Not to share images on social media
- To use the whole school communication system; telephone, email and personal messages to inform the school of important information about pupils