Here at St. Catherine’s we are committed to strengthening our partnership with you, our families and improving children's life chances. The governors and senior leadership of the school therefore, are pleased to announce that we have been accepted onto the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) scheme this year.
Why join up?
Over the past ten years, both national and international research has concluded that the engagement of parents is vital to the education of children and young people. As they spend only 15 per cent of their time in school, and six times longer out of it, this is hardly surprising!
The LPPA provides a framework which helps to increase the involvement of parents and carers in every child’s learning experience.
One of the key principles of the award is the promotion of and participation in Life Long Learning within school for parents and carers. This helps them to support their child’s learning and can also can reinforce their relationships with their child and the school.
Questionnaires and feedback that we have received from yourselves show that many of you would like us to;
- help you support your children’s learning
- provide better communication between home and school
- support for families during transitions e.g. early years into KS1 or Y6 to secondary school.
We would like to find innovative and flexible ways to work with you and we know that working towards this award will help us to do so.
What schools say?
“The parents, staff and governors have seen an improvement in communications, support and participation which benefits all our pupils.”
Knowl Hill Primary School, Berkshire
“Participating in the LPPA is at the heart of our vision of being a true community school. It has helped us to create a real sense of partnership, shared love of learning and understanding of the needs of our community.”
Coldfall Primary School, London
“I am pleased with our increased parental involvement and the impact this has had on children’s learning.”
Hanley Swan St Gabriel’s and St Mary’s CE Primary School, Worcester
How does it work?
We have already met with a LPPA advisor and evaluated the way we currently work with our families. As a result of this, we have formulated an action plan to improve and develop the ways in which we work with you (this will soon be on the LPPA webpage on our website). We now need to form a working party consisting of; staff, any local agencies that we might work with e.g. the children’s centre or the church and parents. The job of this working party is to drive the actions forward, assign tasks and evaluate any new initiatives we undertake. The advisor will visit us again, mid-point and then an external advisor will come to see us at the end of the process to assess whether we have enough evidence to ‘pass’. The whole process should take approximately 12-15 months and you will see from the action plan that there are quite a few ideas and actions to put in place.
Of course, for this to work we will need some parent power, so if you are interested in developing the ways in which our school works together and improving the experiences our children have, please come and support us – either by joining our working party or being part of any of the new initiatives we put forward. If you are interested in being on the working party, please let one of the head teachers know via the school office.
I am sure you will agree that this is a very worthwhile, rewarding and exciting initiative that should impact upon every child, parent carer and staff member at our school. Please do check the website page and look through the action plan. We look forward to working with you and achieving the LPPA award.