PTAs mean friendship and fun(ds)!

Hayley Francis
19 February 2018
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Being active in your PTA can be very rewarding. You raise important funds and support the school to give children the best experience but we hope you're also aware of how you are bringing people together, cementing friendships and helping everyone socialise and have fun.

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Life after school breaks down - one mum's adventure in home-based special education

Maya Young
13 February 2018
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It seems strange saying this when the thing that brings me the greatest joy is teaching my child, but I never saw myself as a full-time home educator; it was not something I ever imagined I would have chosen.

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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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