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Parent Partnerships Award

Here at Wistaston Church Lane we want to ensure that as a school we work effectively with our parents and the local community. As a school we value the support and contribution that parents and carers make to children’s school life, both within and beyond the classroom. The award is founded on research which shows that there is a very positive impact on achievement, behaviour and attendance in schools where parents are supported and therefore engaged in their children’s learning. Feedback from parents and carers is extremely important and we want to hear your views and improve our current practice.

Overview of the award

Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) provides a coherent framework for schools to follow and deliver effective parental engagement. We first achieved the award in 2015 and then went through reassessment in Oct 2019.  We expect to go through reassessment once again in 2022.

We aim to:

  • improve increased parental involvement in school life
  • improve pupil progress

We believe that it is important to support parents as their children transition through or between schools; we want to include all groups of parents in supporting their children’s learning and developing their own learning, take steps to ensure that our school is a welcoming, communicative and friendly place for parents, provide clear and accessible guidance to help parents support their children’s learning and development, produce parent-friendly policies to establish effective home–school links and provide clear guidance on the responsibilities of parents, school and pupils, and share this information with parents regularly.

All of us at Church Lane want the very best for our pupils, regardless of their background and ability. It has been proven that effective and positive parent partnerships can have a very real and lasting impact on improvements in pupil behaviour, attendance and achievement.

LPPA Coordinator:  Amanda Wrigley (Year 3 class teacher).

The role of the coordinator

To manage the school’s work on the LPPA. The coordinator and Leadership Team are currently in the process of setting up a new working group to support the delivery of this award.

Setting up an LPPA working group – It is vital that we set up a working group to support the work of the LPPA coordina­tor, to monitor progress and steer developments. Working group members become the source of on-going communication to the key partners they represent. The shared wisdom of the group often provides insight into the best ways forward. The advantage of having an LPPA-specific working group is that it can include representatives of all key partners without becoming too large to manage. Members may include:

  • the LPPA coordinator
  • a member of the senior leadership team
  • schools clerical team
  • parent governors
  • school council
  • one or two key external partners, for example, the Community Centre and the local Church
  • parents