Young people’s success at school might depend on many things, but a strong relationship between a student, their parents and staff in school is certainly one of them. When a student has additional needs, this relationship becomes even more vital.
It is just over ten years since The Radclyffe School was chosen to be involved in a pilot programme aimed at helping those caring for children at home to engage with the people caring for them at school. Due to run for two years, Achievement for All was such a success that we decided to carry on with it.
By taking part in Achievement for All, everyone involved in caring for the student gets to share knowledge and better understand the young person’s needs and ambitions, what they like and don’t like. Staff from throughout the school are involved, strengthening the links between school and home. Year Manager Mrs Longley is one of them.
“When I meet with parents and students as part of AfA, the child is at the centre. Talking with them, we aim to build their self esteem, getting them to talk about themselves. This might be more of a challenge with younger students but older year groups are much more willing to open up.”
“It’s a great way to help students discuss issues they are facing, and helps school find the best ways to help students to learn.”
Home School Liaison Abdul Shahid added, “The chance to spend more time with families is an important part of the project, allowing staff to explain at greater length what parents need to know. In turn it builds parents’ confidence to see how the school is helping their child.”
Throughout the last decade we have seen many students build their confidence, strengthen their attitude to learning, and in some cases help to control their behaviour as they know their parents are aware and well informed.
We’re looking forward to continuing to build strong relationships with families so all our students develop as confident and capable individuals.