Parents Aiding Learning and Support (PALS) provides friendship and advice at Millennium Integrated Primary School

In 2002, PALS was established at Millennium Integrated Primary School, in the tiny hamlet of Lisdoonan, to offer assistance to parents of any child within the school who may require additional support. PALS is run entirely by parents on a voluntary basis. Here, Joanne McGrath tells us more...

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Return to school wellbeing is top of the agenda at St Mary’s Primary, Portaferry after a difficult year

Portaferry, a small rural town in County Down, Northern Ireland, has a strong community ethos and this has been brought to the fore as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Parent Support Group (PSG) of St Mary’s Primary School has secured almost £10,000 from Comic Relief and the Community Foundation NI to support the wellbeing of pupils, parents and grandparents, and staff as they return to the school environment. Here, Clare-Anne Magee tells us more…

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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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John Roan School Association - raising funds to bridge the lockdown learning gap

When Eve Daniels agreed to Chair the John Roan School Association (JRSA) three years ago, she did so with the aim of transforming their enthusiastic friends group into a fundraising PTA powerhouse that supports the whole community. The PTA became a registered charity at the start of lockdown and is now well on the way to achieving their fundraising goal: £14,400 to buy Chromebooks and help bridge the lockdown learning gap.

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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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