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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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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Parent Council creates a vital link between home and school

Having faced a challenging few years, St Nicholas CE Primary Academy decided to set up a Parent Council to create a vital link between home and school. We spoke to the school's Parent Council Chair, Jenny Ross, about why it's been so beneficial.

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