Leading Parent Partnership Award – LPPA
Albert Bradbeer Primary Academy has developed positive parent relationships over a number of years. In November 2017 we signed up to the Leading Parent Partnership Award. This is a national award that provides a coherent framework through which schools, early years settings and other educational organisations can deliver effective parent engagement from early years to post-16.
Schools that achieve the LPPA award report:
- Improved punctuality, attendance and behaviour
- Improved pupil or student progress
- Increased parental involvement in consultation and learning activities
- Increased number and range of parents actively involved with the school
For more information, please go to the LPPA Website.
At Albert Bradbeer Primary Academy, we are committed to investing in parents for the achievement of our pupils.
Our aim is to actively strengthen the school’s partnership with you - our parents and carers. Achieving this award will show that we have been successful in that aim and that together we can do the very best for our children.
To gain the Award, we at Albert Bradbeer will show how we provide all parents with information about the school, particularly about standards and progress of our pupils.
- Seek, value and act upon parents’ views
- Work with parents to develop pupils’ learning at school and at home
- Try to ensure satisfaction and deal effectively with concerns or complaints
- Promote community support links with the school
- Offer enrichment and educational support programmes for families which benefit our pupils
Promote transition programmes between year groups both in school and in local junior schools.
Leading Parent Partnership Award – Progress.
As a school, we strive to meet the needs of our children and their families on a daily basis. We feel the Leading Parent Partnership Award has given us the platform to continue building our relationship with parents, with the aim of improving outcomes for all.
Since January 2018, we have continued to build partnerships with parents, which is evidenced through the LPPA objectives and KPIs and we have outlined our plans for the future.
· Attendance has dramatically improved YOY and moving forwards, we are keen to continue improving our attendance figures. This has improved through greater engagement with parents, especially our hard-to-reach families.
· The behaviour of pupils has significantly improved and the number of exclusions this academic year is currently at 0.67%, which is below national average.
· The attainment gap is tightening at all times, especially between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils. This is due to the engaging curriculum on offer to all children, along with the involvement of parents.
· We have renewed certain programmes to enhance communication between home and school, in relation to the academic progress and development of individual children. Pobble, Active Learn, Tapestry, Purple Mash, Education City and Dojo’s are all new resources school have paid for this academic year and the response from parents is positive.
· We were able to create a PTA from the coffee mornings that we introduced in Spring Term 2018.
· We have reintroduced coffee mornings in spring 2019, with specific topics outlined for discussion. The coffee mornings have so far been successful and positive feedback has been provided by parents, in relation to the range of topics on offer. Parents feel it will engage a range of individuals and parents can plan which coffee mornings they would like to attend.
· A parent forum was introduced on a termly basis and this is something that will continue. Parents are given the opportunity to discuss the positive aspects of school life and put forward any new ideas they may have, to improve outcomes for their child.
· We now have nine parent volunteers, who support in school and also support staff on school trips. School paid for their DBS checks and supported them in their application to become a volunteer.
· A reconstruction of our main visitor reception now provides parents with a more welcome and informative experience. We have purchased a plasma screen, which provides parents with useful information, we have a screen displaying pictures of all school staff and their job role, and relevant policies are accessible in the office, along with an information pack from each registration group and inspirational wording on the wall.
· Parent surveys were distributed and feedback was provided, which resulted in us making positive changes. The most positive change comes in light of the curriculum information that is distributed to parents, which is something parents requested.
· After a consultation with parents, year 3 were split into 3 classes. This has improved the outcomes of all children and parents are extremely satisfied with the results. You will be speaking to 2 year 3 parents later in the day.
· Curriculum areas across the whole school have significantly improved, as we are able to communicate with parents through a range of tools and resources about their child’s learning.
· Our new website provides parents with a wealth of curriculum information and is more user friendly.
· Family friendly homework is accessible through the school website in the homework grid section.
· Since September 2018, 15 parents have engaged in an adult education course, which will be ongoing until the end of the academic year. We celebrate progress by adding updates when they have completed specific parts of the course.
· The Pastoral Manager ensures children and their families receives the right support at the right time. A holistic approach is taken, to ensure the needs of the whole family are met. If further support is required, a multi-agency approach is taken and other agencies, predominantly Children’s Services, Family Support from the local Children’s Centre and Health Visitors / School Nurses become involved. We also work with the Police, Housing and Forward Thinking Birmingham (CAMHS) when necessary. These are our external partners.
· Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator meets with parents whose children form part of the SEN register. They will also provide advice and guidance, with the support of outside agencies, to ensure parents are able to meet the needs of their children inside and outside of school.
· Birmingham City Council, in line with school ran the Promoting Happier Parenting programme to parents, which promoted interactions with both learning and child development.
· We have supported and formed a strong relationship with Turves Green Boys School and Turves Green Girls school, in relation to the transition of our children. We identify our most vulnerable pupils who will be making the transition and together we ensure the children and parents receive the best possible transitional experience.
Plans for the future
· We will continue to develop our curriculum promise, to ensure it is inclusive to children and parents.
· Our new website will provide a wealth of information for our children and their parents.
· We will be introducing ‘parent ambassadors,’ one per year group. This will give them a platform to share their views on school life and provide ideas on improvements that could be made.
· We will be integrating the parent forum into the coffee mornings and this will continue on a termly basis.
· Continuing to advertise for parent volunteers. This will give them a greater insight into how school runs on a daily basis.
Advertise for more PTA members and liaise with parents from other schools, who have a successful PTA.