Community and School working together: Eastside Learning and Knocknagoney Primary School

Knocknagoney Primary School traditionally has a strong parental engagement ethos, and are keen to work closely with the community to maximise opportunities to support parents within their school. This was included in their development plans along with addressing underachievement. Here, Barbara from Eastside Learning tells us how they worked with Knocknagoney and other schools in East Belfast to develop and implement collaborative training and activities that built the capacity of parents, to not only support their own children in their learning, but also enabled them to volunteer in the school to support wider underachievement outcomes.

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Friends of Hewett Academy, Norwich become fabulous fundraisers to help their school community

If you’re looking for an inspiring story, look no further. A quick browse of the Facebook hashtag #HewettKidsCan brings a sense of pride and admiration to us at Parentkind HQ. Since three mums started Friends of Hewett Academy in Norwich in September 2019, the group has raised over £150,000 through grant fundraising. Here, one of the founding members, Rebecca Atkinson tells us more…

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Eyes down! Holbrook PTA brings virtual bingo to school community during lockdown

When Holbrook Primary announced that it would have to close its doors due to the coronavirus epidemic last month, the PTA team quickly sprung into action to provide some much needed fun during the lockdown period. We spoke to PTA Chair, Viki Barton, to find out how their virtual bingo sessions are bringing the whole school community together.

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How The Hayesbrook School’s parent-friendly approach helps students to succeed

Hayesbrook is one of three schools in the Brook Learning Trust. We caught up with the Trust’s Education Director, Nicola Taylor, to find out how the school is successfully engaging parents and the wider school community through a series of exciting initiatives - with positive results all round.

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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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