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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Crofton Junior School say thank you to keyworkers with their Happy Mail project

If there’s one word to sum up Crofton Junior School’s year – it is ‘adapt’. As for PTAs up and down the country, the conventional fairs, sports events, proms and social evenings had to be abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic. However Crofton were keen to help to keep the morale up in any way they could. Here, Luke and Claire from Crofton Junior School PTA tell us what they’ve been up to…

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Parents Aiding Learning and Support (PALS) provides friendship and advice at Millennium Integrated Primary School

In 2002, PALS was established at Millennium Integrated Primary School, in the tiny hamlet of Lisdoonan, to offer assistance to parents of any child within the school who may require additional support. PALS is run entirely by parents on a voluntary basis. Here, Joanne McGrath tells us more...

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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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