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Caldicotes achieved the Leading Parent Partnership Award in the Autumn term of 2014. This involved providing lots of evidence to show that we work together with parents to help provide a warm, secure and stimulating working environment. It involves gaining feedback from parents, analyzing and then adapting procedures to enable us to work more effectively together in partnership for the benefit of our children. Through completing the various modules we have demonstrated improvements in the following areas:
  • Knowing what you want to achieve through parent partnership.
  • How to make your school or setting genuinely welcoming to parents and carers.
  • How to communicate really effectively with parents and carers.
  • How to get all parents and carers involved with the school – particularly the ‘harder to reach’.
  • How to engage all staff in working effectively with parents and carers.
  • How to support parents and carers so they can really help with their children’s learning.
  • Finding time to plan and organise events and activities to engage parents.
  • Coping with limited physical space and resources.
  • How to best use information and communications technology to enhance parent partnership.
  • Increasing parental engagement in the context of the safeguarding agenda.
  • Knowing how well you are doing and the impact parent partnership is having on pupils’ and students’ 

Why apply for the award?  Schools that achieve LPPA have reported that there has been improvements in:
  • punctuality, attendance and behaviour 
  • pupil progress 
  • Increased parental involvement in consultation and learning activities 
  • Increased number and range of parents actively involved with the school 

How the LPPA relates to Primary Schools

The work of Professor Charles Desforges tells us that at the age of seven parental influence on children’s learning is six times that of the school, and by the age of eleven it is still a third greater. Working effectively with parents and carers to help them to support their children’s learning and development is crucial, right through from reception to Year 6. In primary the LPPA Programme helps schools to enhance their existing work with parents and carers by, for example: 

 Encouraging the use of a wide range of communicating strategies, from the traditional newsletter to the use of texting, email and the school’s virtual learning environment. 
 Giving guidance for simple but creative ways of providing curriculum information and practical advice that will enable parents and carers to support their children’s learning. 
 Developing joint parent and child enrichment activities, so that parents, carers and their children can enjoy learning together. 
 Developing effective management strategies to build a sustainable approach to parent partnership across the school. 
 Providing evidence that meets Ofsted’s requirement for

If you would like to know more about the award contact school or visit their website at: Leading Parent Partnership Award Webpage