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Leading Parent Partnership Award
On Friday 6th March 2020 an assessor from The Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) visited Woodlane High school.
We are proud to announce that we achieved this nationally recognised award which has helped us to improve our strategies to engage parents and carers more fully in every child’s learning experience. The Leading Parent Partnership Award gives schools a coherent framework to deliver effective parental engagement from early years to Post-16.
One of the principle criteria of the award is the promotion of, and participation in lifelong learning within the school for parents and carers. It is vital that parents and carers understand and support their child’s learning and development.
The LPPA offers long term benefits such as improved pupil attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement and support. We hope to continue to improve communication between school and home and nurture the child/parent relationships by highlighting the benefits of adult learning and the positive impact this can have on a child’s education.
The LPPA consists of nine evidence-based objectives:
1. The school demonstrates a commitment to work towards achieving the LPPA
2. The school makes and implements effective plans to achieve and maintain the LPPA
3. The school is a welcoming, communicative and friendly place for parents
4. The school promotes the awareness and participation of all groups of parents in supporting their children’s learning and developing their own learning. In addition, the school holds and actively promotes a programme of opportunities and events for joint parent and child participation
5. The schools provides a good induction for all new parents
6. The school provides parents with relevant and user-friendly guidance and information to help them support their children’s learning
7. The school produces and implements parent-friendly policies to establish effective home–school links and improve children’s attendance, punctuality, progress and positive participation in school
8. The school provides good support for all parents as their children move through leave the school
9. The school summarises its achievements against the LPPA Objectives and outlines its future plans
The LPPA award was a very thorough but rewarding process. The assessor was impressed by how the school provides an exceptional environment for the young students; how staff are highly professional and clearly committed to maximising the potential of every pupil and also recognising the importance of the school’s determination to build strong home school links. The detailed evidence portfolio can be used to demonstrate to Ofsted inspectors and other stakeholders, that the school has an outstanding and sustainable programme for parental engagement.
Areas of strength were:
- The school maximises opportunities for joint, parent and student, participation in the workshop programme
- The school is immaculate throughout; the new school playground is a welcome addition
- Parents and governors praised the workshop programme, the ease of communication between home and school and the progress made by their young people
- Staff have their lunch with the pupils and it was interesting to see how relaxed and calm the students are enjoying easy conversations with each other and with the staff. A model of good practice.
- LPPA verification clearly shows that Woodlane High is also outstanding in its development of an effective partnership with parents.
Impact of the LPPA award:
- Improvement in year 11 outcomes and improvement in progress data
- Wider engagement and involvement of parents in understanding teaching and learning
- Greater whole school community cohesion
- Increased workshop programme and much higher levels of parental attendance, and this extended opportunities for parents to be involved in learning with the children and with other parents
- More involvement of subject specialists in the workshops, a priority in the school’s improvement plan
- Parents recognise that the school is inclusive and works with the family to support the students’ individual needs
These are the areas of development:
- To continue to develop excellent practice in parent partnership
- To further develop links with the Department of Education to pursue apprenticeships, qualifications and careers for pupils with SEND in the civil service
- To develop the school’s home school communication through the new texting service
- To further develop more qualification / course opportunities for parents
Woodlane High school is proud of its working relationships with parents and carers. We want families to feel comfortable, supported and happy to contact, visit and spend time in school working in partnership with our staff.
Thanks to the parents who gave their time to speak with the assessor and to the pupils and staff who, as always, spoke with enthusiasm about their school.