Courses

 

 

Townsend Consultancy offers very reasonably priced high quality courses to schools

 

Full details are available on request:

Email us now  enquiries@townsendconsult.co.uk

 

 These courses are always tailored to suit your school following discussions with serior staff.  All these courses are suitable for both primary and secondary schools.

 

Parental Engagement and Ofsted – What will the inspectors be looking for?

 

 

 Sample Course Outline

 

This course will cover all aspects of parental engagement that are included in the latest Ofsted School Inspection Handbook:

  •  Parent View – what will inspectors be looking for?
  • The Pupil Premium - what information schools must publish to parents about the pupil premium?
  • How will inspectors use the pupil premium data before and during inspection?
  • What must schools be able to demonstrate, in relation to parental engagement, to get an outstanding judgement for Leadership and Management and also for the Quality of Teaching, learning and assessment?
  • Evaluating learning over time – inspectors may now collect the views of parents, amongst others, when they are evaluating the impact that teaching has had on pupils’ learning over time.

 

Each course will be tailored to meet the specific needs and characteristics of each school following communications with senior staff.  There will be plenty of opportunities for active participation for course participants.  This course is ideal for all members of staff – both teaching and support staff.

 

 

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The Pupil Premium – using parental engagement to help close the gap

 

Suitable for Primary and Secondary Schools

 

Ofsted now requires schools to provide increased levels of accountability about how they are spending their pupil premium money and what impact this has made on the raising of achievement amongst their most disadvantaged pupils.  

 

From 2014, as part of their intention to increase the amount of the Pupil Premium  that will be made available for primary school aged pupils,  the government wants schools to provide even more information to parents about how their children are doing.  This course will explore approaches that primary/secondary schools can take to involve their parents more effectively in order to help close the achievement gap for their most disadvantaged pupils.

 

Sample Course Outline

 

This course will cover the following:

  • What sort of information is the school required to provide to parents about the Pupil Premium funding?
  • What additional information could be conveyed to parents?
  • Ways of tackling the barriers for parents who are reluctant to apply for free school meals.
  • How to write a Pupil Premium policy that is meaningful and parent friendly
  • How to identify the most effective ways to keep parents updated about the Pupil Premium current and future spending plans
  • Strategies for gaining parental support with the spending of the Pupil Premium, for example at the time of induction and through the improved use of the Home-School Agreement.
  • Ways to involve parents in the support of their children’s learning.
  • Could/should your school consult with parents about how the Pupil Premium money is to be spent?
  • How should your school evaluate the work that it does with parents about the Pupil Premium?

 Each course will be tailored to meet the specific needs and characteristics of each school following communications with senior staff.  There will be plenty of opportunities for active participation during the course for all participants.  This course is ideal for all members of staff – both teaching and support staff.

 

 

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Building More Effective Partnerships with Parents

 

Suitable for Primary and Secondary Schools

 

Research evidence shows that when schools develop ways of working effectively with all groups of parents this can make a real improvement to those pupils who are currently underachieving.  Because strengthening home-schools links is not always easy this course will include a wide variety of tried and tested approaches that have been successfully used by schools to build more effective partnerships with parents.  This course will also provide schools with a range of approaches for the monitoring, evaluating and reviewing of their work on parent partnerships that go beyond the use of the conventional survey.

  

Sample Course Outline

 

This course will cover the following:

  • Leadership and Management - how to organise current and future plans for parent partnership
  • How to develop a framework for parent partnership as an across the school initiative
  • How to engage with all groups of parents, including those who might find it hard to engage with the school
  • How to help parents and carers to support their own children’s learning
  • Ways to monitor, evaluate and review the school’s work on parent partnership
  • Where are we now? (monitoring and analysis)
  • Where do we want to get to? (evaluation)
  • How do we get there? (review)

Each course will be tailored to meet the specific needs and characteristics of each school following communications with senior staff.  There will be plenty of opportunities for active participation during the course for all participants.  This course is ideal for all members of staff – both teaching and support staff.

 

 

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Using Parental Engagement to raise pupil achievement

 

Suitable for Primary and Secondary Schools

 

Although there is much research based evidence about the importance of parental engagement in the raising of pupil achievement, this very often continues to remain a huge challenge for schools.   This course will cover a wide range of practical approaches that schools can use to improve their levels of parental engagement with all groups of parents including those who have been reluctant to engage with the school up until now.

  

Sample Course Outline

 

This course will cover the following:

  • What the research evidence tells us about the significance of parental engagement in the raising of pupil achievement.
  • Developing a welcoming environment for parents
  • Strategies for involving parents
  • Turning parental complaints into positive feedback
  • How to strengthen the links between the school and the home environment
  • How to hook in those parents who have been reluctant to engage with the school so far
  • Helping disadvantaged pupils to achieve their aspirations through positive parental engagement
  • How to effectively evaluate the work that your school does with its parents
  • A model for continuous improvement – embedding parental engagement practices into the strategic planning for your school’s future.

 

Each course will be tailored to meet the specific needs and characteristics of each school following communications with senior staff.  There will be plenty of opportunities for active participation during the course for all participants.  This course is ideal for all members of staff – both teaching and support staff.

 

 

 

 

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