We are a leading parent partnership accredited school.
We are currently working towards reassessment of this award which is due for renewal.
What is Leading Parent Partnership Award?
The LPPA (Leading Parent Partnership Award) is a nationally recognised award achievable by schools who work closely with the families of its pupils. It will make our work with families better, improve communication and build more activities for families in school.
The award provides a challenging framework within which schools can strengthen their partnerships with parents and carers. There are 10 evidence based objectives which we must meet to obtain the award.
For more information about the award or the objectives please click the link to their website http://www.lppa.co.uk
Information for Parents on the Importance of their Involvement in their Child’s Education
Research shows that when parents are involved, children do better and achieve more. Parents, carers and family members are by far the most important influences on their children’s lives. By becoming involved in the life of your child’s school you can show your child that their education is important to you.
The benefits for children are:
- It is easier for children to learn when they get encouragement at home
- They will do better and achieve more when their parents are involved
- Children get access to more activities in and out of school when there are more adults to help
- Their concerns can be sorted out quicker when their parents have a positive relationship with school staff
- They are happy when their parents are enjoying events in the school
When children see their parents or other family members getting involved in the school, it:
- Shows them that you are interested in what the school is doing
- Allows them to see that you value what they are learning
- Gives them a sense of security
- Helps them learn about good citizenship from your example
The benefits for parents are:
- Their children do better when they are involved
- They are better able to help and encourage their children
- They have more information about their children’s education
- Parents can build their own confidence and skills
- Where there is a positive relationship between parents and their child’s school are benefits all round
- Parents get reassurance that their children are receiving a good education
Parents will also:
- Get to know the teachers and other parents
- Gain a better understanding of how the school works
- See how their child relates to other children and teachers
- Be setting a good example to young people
- Have the satisfaction of knowing that they are making a contribution to the school and to their and other children’s learning
The benefits for schools are:
- Parents bring skills which complement teachers’ skills and expertise
- Parents contribute their time, so together parents and teachers are able to do more activities with pupils than teachers can do on their own
- Pupils’ attainment and behaviour improves
- Parents have ideas about the school can best support eh children
- Teachers have people with whom they can talk over ideas and get help when developing plans for the school
- Parents can give advice and help around reaching other parents
- The school will develop a better understanding of parents and the community
To help us in our quest to become a 'sustainable school' we have been working hard towards the Eco-Schools Award. We have previously gained the Bronze and Silver awards and have recently achieved the Green Flag award!
Extract from our Eco-School Green Flag Award letter - December 2015
'The Eco-Committee gave a very good powerpoint presentation of the activities and are enthusiastic and well informed. The good quality of the school organisation and support of the Eco coordinator contribute much to the success of the eco school. Well done to everyone at Montagu Academy.'
We have now displayed our green flag and certificate.
Here are details of what we needed to do to achieve the green flag award:
- The school has an Eco-Committee that meets at least once every half term
- Pupils take significant responsibility for running the committee (the level of responsibility expected depends on the age and ability of the pupils involved)
- The Eco-Committee includes a parent and/or governor representative
- The Eco-Committee has completed an Environmental Review covering the Eco-Schools nine topics and green procurement policy topics
- The results have been recorded
- Pupils were involved in carrying out the review
- Results of the review have been discussed by the Eco-Committee and communicated with the whole school
- The review must be completed at least once every two years, but ideally should be completed every school year, to enable the Eco-Committee to do follow-up reviews to see the progress your school has made.
- The Eco-Committee has produced a detailed Action Plan
- The plan contains timescales, who is responsible and how eco work will be monitored and evaluated
- The plan should contain development of any policies made that cover the nine topics, this should include a Green Procurement policy (A green procurement policy has been a requirement from January 2013)
- The Eco-Committee has shared the Action Plan with the rest of the school
- Sustainability has been covered in at least three curriculum areas by most year groups
- The school has a prominent, designated notice board, detailing Eco-Schools activities
- The Eco-Committee regularly communicates Eco-Schools activities to the whole school and wider community (eg. via assemblies and newsletters)
- The school has shared good practice with other schools who wish to join the Eco-Schools programme or who are already engaged in the programme
- The school shares good practice and supports others within their Eco-Community (eg. local Eco-Centres and homes)
- Physical evidence has been collected of the school’s progress including data collection and analysis (graphs etc)
- Some monitoring data has been used in curriculum work
- The school has an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco-Code
- The Eco-Code is displayed on the Eco-Schools notice board and in all classrooms
- The Eco-Code is known and understood by the majority of pupils and staff
- The school for the first application has completed in-depth work on at least three of the Eco-Schools nine topics, one of which must be energy.
- If you are renewing your Green Flag, you also must work on a further two Eco-Schools topics in-depth since you gained your last award. You should maintain and review (and develop as you see fit) your previous topics and record these in the action plan and on the application form.