Return to school wellbeing is top of the agenda at St Mary’s Primary, Portaferry after a difficult year

Portaferry, a small rural town in County Down, Northern Ireland, has a strong community ethos and this has been brought to the fore as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Parent Support Group (PSG) of St Mary’s Primary School has secured almost £10,000 from Comic Relief and the Community Foundation NI to support the wellbeing of pupils, parents and grandparents, and staff as they return to the school environment. Here, Clare-Anne Magee tells us more…

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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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Let's get quizzical with the Friends of Blockley School!

The Big PTA Quiz 2020 has been a national fundraising success and the Friends of Blockley School, in Gloucestershire, decided they’d like to take part to help bring the school community together, virtually. Here, Clare Turner, Chair of the Friends, tells us more about what they got up to and what the money they raised will be helping to fund…

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You've been flocked by Friends of St Mary's Yate!

Cast your mind back to pre-lockdown – it’s a wet and windy February half term. In one corner of South Gloucestershire, things are brightening up. People were waking up and opening the curtains, and getting a surprise – there’s a flock of flamingos in the garden! Sarah and Ellen from the Friends of St Mary’s Yate tell us more…

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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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