Setting up a PTA and Parent Council help 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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How studying maths with her son helped Newtownabbey mum Roberta understand the pressures of school

05 February 2019
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Roberta Neely is well-known, and well-respected in the Newtownabbey area of County Antrim for the work she’s done over many years to support her son’s school, Hazelwood Integrated College, and the wider community. So when she told a friend she’d like to understand how her son is being taught maths and improve her own maths skills in order to support him through his GCSEs, local maths tutor Colin jumped at the opportunity to help.

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One parent's mission to re-build Howbridge's PTA

New PTA, Community Links
03 January 2019
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When Nhung Wan heard that her children’s school was going to cancel one of its biggest annual fundraising events due to dwindling PTA support, she offered to step in and take over the reigns. We spoke to Nhung, Howbridge Junior School’s new PTA Chair, to find out how she went about successfully rebuilding the group.

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Successful start for new PTA

New PTA, Primary
03 January 2019
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When a number of parents left Moorfield Primary’s PTA because their children had moved up to high school, it had to close. But thanks to the efforts of a new group of parents, the PTA is thriving once again and has raised £2,000 in its first year. We caught up with Danielle Farrar, PTA Secretary, to find out what’s made it such a success.

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PTA becomes plastic free

Community Involvement, Volunteering, Primary
12 December 2018
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Joanne Denne has been the chair of HOPA, the Parents Association for Oaktree Infant School and Hermitage Junior School in Woking, Surrey, for the last three years. Like many PTAs they are busy all year round running 15-20 events. When it came to their attention that at a single disco of only 120 children they had used nearly 500 cups in one night, Joanne and her PTA decided to do something about their use of plastic, here is their story…

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