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

When Eve Daniels agreed to Chair the John Roan School Association (JRSA) in South East London 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 with the aim to help bridge the lockdown learning gap.

Knowing the challenges of lockdown learning, the team's first aim was to be able to provide every student with a laptop to be able to study at home. They've raised over £14,000 to achieve this with the help of fundraising events, Gift Aid, matched funding and more. This is not the end of the road, though - they've got other ambitious plans to help benefit the school and students!

Eve picks up the story...

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How an Irish Medium school supported parents to deliver the curriculum during COVID

Gaelscoil na gCrann is an Irish Medium primary school near Omagh. It opened in 2006 and now has around 190 pupils and 20 staff members. The school has been successful at a national level in drama, music and STEM competitions.

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Community Spirit at Hook Schools Parents Association

The Hook Schools Parents Association (HSPA) in Hampshire were feeling the strain from the cancellation of events such as their annual beer and gin festivals, fireworks night and other key events so they decided that they wanted to take action to keep the Association going.

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High Legh PTA keeps the festive spirit going with their Christmas Cracker trail

Community Involvement, England, Primary
05 January 2021
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The festive spirit is alive and well in the village of High Legh, in Cheshire. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PTA have not been able to host their usual Christmas events, so instead they’ve held a COVID safe Christmas Cracker trail and best dressed house/window competition. Here, Emma Openshaw, Chair of High Legh Primary School PTA tells us more about their festive fundraising…

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Pastoral care is the priority at Redhill Primary Academy with new dedicated building

The teaching staff at Redhill Primary Academy in Telford, Shropshire do an incredible job in supporting pupils with their wellbeing, however, space at the popular primary school has been lacking for them to be able to provide this service in a private and quiet area. The Friends of Redhill decided to do something about this and have been fundraising for a dedicated building for pastoral care. Little did they know how vital this would become as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Here, Sarah Thompson, PR Officer for the Friends, explains more about the project…

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