Community and School working together: Eastside Learning and Knocknagoney Primary School

Knocknagoney Primary School traditionally has a strong parental engagement ethos, and are keen to work closely with the community to maximise opportunities to support parents within their school. This was included in their development plans along with addressing underachievement. Here, Barbara from Eastside Learning tells us how they worked with Knocknagoney and other schools in East Belfast to develop and implement collaborative training and activities that built the capacity of parents, to not only support their own children in their learning, but also enabled them to volunteer in the school to support wider underachievement outcomes.

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Let's get quizzical with the Friends of Blockley School!

The Big PTA Quiz 2020 has been a national fundraising success and the Friends of Blockley School, in Gloucestershire, decided they’d like to take part to help bring the school community together, virtually. Here, Clare Turner, Chair of the Friends, tells us more about what they got up to and what the money they raised will be helping to fund…

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You've been flocked by Friends of St Mary's Yate!

Cast your mind back to pre-lockdown – it’s a wet and windy February half term. In one corner of South Gloucestershire, things are brightening up. People were waking up and opening the curtains, and getting a surprise – there’s a flock of flamingos in the garden! Sarah and Ellen from the Friends of St Mary’s Yate tell us more…

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Rocket Man: How one PTA dad’s hobby is helping to bring the whole school community together

When his son moved from a small nursery to a relatively large primary school last year, Richard Brigg decided that he would like to get involved with the PTA to help the transition. Little did Richard know that his love of engineering would help to inspire so many school children! We spoke to Richard to find out how, and why, he became involved in the PTA and school life…

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Setting up a PTA and Parent Council helps build Parental Engagement at Edgar Stammers Primary Academy

Edgar Stammers Primary Academy was placed into special measures in 2016. A new executive head teacher and head of school were appointed in May 2018 and, following many improvements, a recent Ofsted inspection has taken the school out of special measures, recognising its renewed sense of purpose, strong vision for pupils and improved staff morale.

One of the school’s major challenges has been weak parental engagement – but thanks to the work of teacher, Lisa Littlewood, this has totally transformed. We spoke to Lisa to find out how she successfully broke down the barriers and built a bridge between the school and the parents

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