Parents as Partners

Workshops to help your children with their learning

Parents of children in the Early Years are invited in each term for a session looking through their child's profile alongside the teachers. We offer support on signing up to Early Excellence assessment tracker, where parents can view their child's observations from home. 

Each term we offer a number of workshops for parents across the school as well as our weekly coffee mornings. These are held straight after drop off on Fridays. Our home-school support workers are available to support parents, paricularly if translating is required. We are really keen to help parents in supporting their child's learning at home. Part of this is by showing parents some of the topics which are being taught in the classroom, and how we teach them; or by covering themes which are relevant to children's learning and development. The workshops are run in either the Thomas Slingsby Duncombe Learning Centre (sometimes known as the 'school house' or 'parent house'), which is next to the main school building or in a classroom.

These are just some of the workshops we've run for parents:

  • Science and Sustainability — Global Growers in Years 2 and 4
  • Writing — using the Julia Donaldson story 'Zog' to encourage talk for writing in Year 2
  • Phonics — for parents who have children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1
  • E-safety and PHSE — for parents who have children in Years 3-6
  • SATs — for parents who have children in Years 2 and 6

Parents' feedback from recent questionnaires has told us that you would like us to provide more learning workshops for parents which are not in the school day to allow for working parents to join. We are looking in to how to make this possible, particularly for the more essential topics. 

Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)

In 2013 Duncombe was awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award. The purpose of this award is to help focus the school's work with parents and families. Home is the greatest influence on a child’s educational performance and at Duncombe we want to do everything we possibly can to help parents and families support their children. The LPP Award is due for reassessment at the end of 2016. This will take into account more recent developments that build on practice working with parents that was already in place in 2013.

The LPPA is a nationally recognised award achievable by schools who work very closely with the families of their pupils. At Duncombe Primary we feel that by achieving this award it has made the work that we do with families even better. It has enhanced our communication and built more activities for families in school. As you know we constantly strive to improve at Duncombe and completing this award has helped us do that.