Leading Parent Partnership Award
The leading parent partnership award is a nationally recognised award which is achieved by schools who work closely with the parents and carers of their children. It is a portfolio, evidence based award that, when completed, will demonstrate our commitment at Highcliffe St Mark Primary School to working with and alongside our parents and carers.
We began working towards achieving the award in the Autumn term 2016. It will take between 12-15 months to complete the requirements of each of the 10 LPPA objectives.
Objective 1: Commitment
We are committed to working with parents, staff, governors, pupils/students and outside agencies to develop strong and permanent parent partnerships
Objective 2: Planning
We will demonstrate effective leadership, management and organisation of parent partnership
Objective 3: Welcome and communications
We are committed to making our school a communicative and parent-friendly place
Objective 4: Lifelong learning for parents and carers
We encourage parents in adult and family learning
Objective 5: Enrichment activities – joint parent and child learning
We engage parents and their children in learning together
Objective 6: Induction
We provide effective induction support for parents when their children are new to the school
Objective 7: Information and guidance
We enable parents and carers to support their children’s learning.
Objective 8: Policies
We have family-friendly policies and communication strategies to support children’s learning and development
Objective 9: Transition
We provide effective support for parents on their children’s transition to the next stage of learning
Objective 10: Evaluation
We plan to monitor, evaluate and further develop our parent partnership
The award looks at how well we work with parents/carers, how welcoming our school is, and how we support parents in helping their child to learn. We have already asked for your thoughts on these topics through our questionnaire and in our parent coffee mornings. Thank you to those who have shared their views in these forums. Your views are helping to shape the future of how we communicate with you.
We aim to make even more improvements to the way we communicate with parents/carers and the community, to support parents/carers and children to extend their learning and to encourage greater input and more involvement of parents in school life.
You can find out more about the LPPA by visiting their website: www.lppa.co.uk.
LPPA—Our Journey So Far
Autumn Term 2016
We were visited by an LPPA assessor who worked through the LPPA objectives with us and talked through what we already have in place. He helped us to identify areas where we could improve and gave us ideas of how we might do this. His visit included: a tour of the school and all of our facilities, exploration of our website, talking to children, staff, governors and parents, looking at our key policies and procedures, meeting with the leadership team and finally writing an action plan which we are now working towards.
We held a parents’ coffee morning which focused on reading with your child. The aim of this was to support parents and carers in helping their children to learn to read and to develop their reading skills as they get older. We also asked for ideas for our future coffee mornings and used these to inform our plans.
As part of our commitment to the Achievement For All program, several families enjoyed a final meeting with their child’s teacher to discuss the progress they have made, to share ongoing concerns and to plan next steps of support for their child.
We used the LPPA parent consultation questionnaire to ask our parents about the strengths and areas for development of our current systems. The feedback we received was very positive with some parents offering useful ideas on how we could improve things further. From this feedback we introduced a new mid-year progress report across the school. These reports gave parents a timely summary of their child’s performance in school against age related expectations and were well received by many parents as they felt that they were then in a better position to support their children and to ask the school for advice on how best to do this.
Spring Term 2017
We reviewed our parent questionnaire and included questions about how we communicate with parents/carers as well as asking for feedback on the changes we had made so far. Many parents were very positive about these changes and as a result of the responses we received to this questionnaire, we decided to focus on developing our website so that it included the kind of information that parents were telling us they would find most useful. There were also some helpful ideas on other areas of the school that we could improve, which we are also focusing on next term. A more detailed account of responses to this questionnaire can be found on our website in the LPPA pages.
We held another parent/carer coffee morning which focused on supporting maths at home. We also asked 2 of our teachers to give presentations on growth mind-set and the wonderful resource of Numicon. Again parents were asked to give ideas for future focus of coffee mornings. They suggested first aid, which we are hoping to organise for a coffee morning in the near future.
Our next group of Achievement for All families were selected and parents and carers began meeting with teachers. This programme helps, not only those families targeted by the programme, but all of our children and their parents/carers, as we learn what works best in helping families to support our children. The lessons we learn from AfA, inform many developments across the whole school.
We asked our new families what they thought about our transition arrangements. This means the way in which we support children and their families when they join us after their foundation year. The response was really positive and everyone was complimentary about how the whole school community made them feel welcome. This made the settling in period much quicker and easier on their children meaning they could contribute to our school and continue to achieve their best soon after they joined us.
Summer Term 2017
In the Summer term 2017, we were visited again by our LPPA assessor. He reviewed our progress towards the objectives and the actions he gave us in the Autumn term. He looked at our portfolio of evidence and decided that we were ready to be finally assessed for the award and he organised for the final assessment in the Autumn term 2017! Our commitment to succeeding was noticed and he congratulated us on the amount of evidence that we had been able to collect as a result of the feedback parents have given us was commended. He gave us a few action points to work on before our final assessment next term but said that he had visited very few schools who had already achieved and done as much as we had at this stage. He was very impressed with our partnership with our parents!
Autumn Term 2017
Our final assessment took place this term. We were visited by the LPPA assessor who had looked at our website before her visit as she had never visited our school before. She had a tour of the school, met with some parents, children and staff and looked through our portfolio of evidence. Finally, she met with the Leadership Team to talk about our progress towards meeting the LPPA objectives and the difference the award had made to our whole school community. She had no hesitation is agreeing that we had achieved the award and we were delighted that she recognised our "determination to drive forward [our] work on parent partnership".
You can read the full report from our assessor here!