For parents in Northern Ireland - lowdown on the Transfer Form and selecting schools

Jayne Thompson
24 January 2018
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Over the next two weeks, parents across Northern Ireland with children currently in Year 7 will be completing their Transfer Form. In other words, they will be selecting schools in order of preference for their child to transfer to in September. Many parents and children at this point have a clear idea of where they would like to go, while others are waiting anxiously for transfer test (AQE and GL Assessment) results on Saturday, which will give a clearer picture of the schools accessible to them. The Belfast Telegraph has published a list of the entrance scores accepted by grammar schools in NI for the academic year 2017/2018. This is a useful guideline for parents: but remember that these scores vary year on year.

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What it means to be a parent advocate and why inclusion matters

Nancy Gedge
18 January 2018
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I have to admit that I never really see myself as a parent advocate - not in any organised sense, anyway - and I certainly didn't when my children were little. This may be because back in the early 2000s, there was no such thing as social media, or not in the same way that there is today.

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Seven ways to get more volunteers on board

Hayley Francis
29 November 2017
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A common query from our members at Parentkind is how to get more parents involved, willing to help out with various tasks big and small! If this sounds familiar, read this list of top tips...

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Protecting our children from air pollution

Parentkind
23 November 2017
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Schools are encouraged to proactively reduce health risks from air pollution. But what role can parents play to protect their child?

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Part two: rebuilding the PFA at St Peter & St Paul CE Academy

Tyson Oliver
17 November 2017
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It's been a long journey but two terms have changed the whole ethos of the PFA, although this term has not been without it trials and tribulations. The PFA is making a positive contribution to school life, the pupils and the PFA committee members.

What's happened this term? Like my previous blog, too much to mention...

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