Partnership with Parents
At Pear Tree Mead we aim to have a close relationship with parents. Ruth Bartlett, the Family Liaison Officer, is available if you have any issues, whether they are school related or personal. Please feel free to come and find her or make an appointment.
If you have a few hours to spare each week and would like to help out in school as a volunteer, please contact Ruth Bartlett for more details. Ruth.firstname.lastname@example.org
Following an overwhelming response from our supportive families we have been able to write an action plan for the coming year. This is focus on some of the suggestions made by parents, children and staff. They are a guide and we hope that we can fulfil this over the coming years. As these are only suggestions it may be evaluated and changed over the year like all action plans in school.
Family in Focus
This is an independent charity providing support for families with disabilities and special needs
Counselling and advice for adults
Tree House children’s centre
Offers a range of services for families and children under 5
Relate offers relationship counselling either individual or for couples, youth counselling. The Parenting Troubled Teenagers page gives parents the opportunity to chat online with an advisor
PACT Parents of Autistic children together
Support for parents and children on the Autistic Spectrum. This is a very welcoming group of parents who run activities eg swimming at Stewards school and Trampolining but support parents through difficult times
Please click on any of the documents below to view:
New Guide to Childhood Illnesses: Helpful Advice on Common Illnesses
Keeping Families Safe Online: F-Secure Family Leaflet
Some essential advice for this coming winter: Winter Health Advice
Information for parents: leaflet and video launched
The DfE have published a leaflet and short video for parents about 2016 assessments at key stages 1 and 2.
Current Projects for the coming academic year September 2020 / 2021 Details to follow:
Due to the Government’s rules on social distancing, it is difficult to say when activities and workshops will resume again. Until we receive clear guidance, we will inform you when this service will resume.
Our Family Learning workshops are provided by Essex County Council and are free to attend. They are open to Parents, Grandparents and Carers of PTM pupils. The sessions take place in our Hive meeting room and a crèche is available for younger children. We also provide refreshments for those attending.
Workshops are advertised on our school app and website where you will find further information on how to reserve a place. Parents who have attended previous Family Learning sessions have told us how enjoyable they were; why not come along to one of our workshops and see for yourself?
Last term we ran workshops on
· School readiness aimed at parents of pre-school, Nursery and Reception children. Introduces parents to the Foundation stage curriculum and school life. Suggests ways to encourage toddlers to become independent.
· Surviving the Christmas holidays tips on keeping children occupied, managing their excitement/anxiety through the countdown to Christmas, keeping a routine to support transition back to school in January.
Both of these workshops were well attended and we received very positive feedback from all who took part. We plan to run these again at the relevant times.
As a result of requests from Parents, the following Family Learning Workshops are among those planned for 2020 (dates to be confirmed).
· Supporting children with anxiety parenting an anxious child can often feel like walking on egg shells. Seeing your child so stressed and not knowing what might tip him/her over the edge. Afraid of saying the wrong thing? Parents are in the best position to help their children manage their anxiety; come along to this workshop to find out how.
· Anger management are you struggling to manage your own anger? Your child’s? This workshop is designed to help you understand the causes and effects and to manage anger effectively.
· Doing things free with children finding ways to keep children entertained can be difficult on a tight budget. Family outings are often expensive. There are lots of things to do and places to go that won’t cost the Earth! This workshop will provide you with suggestions and ideas that you may not have thought of before.
We also plan to run a Family learning taster session where you will be given a taste of the workshops on offer from ACL and ways to support children’s learning. You will also be able to speak to the ACL tutors and PTM staff about topics you would like to see covered in future workshops.
This course is aimed at Pre School and Nursery parents tp help them understand how Phonics is taught in school. Reception and Year 1 parents are also very welcome.
Parents will then be able to help their children at home.
This course is aleays well subscribed so be quick to sign up!! It will run from 11th
Emotional Wellbeing programmes
These workshops will provide information on; understanding anxiety in children, what support is available and how parents can help their children. Dates to be confirmed.
We are going to run a three week workshop to help parents understand the system of SATS for year 6 and how they can help their children. This course will just be for parents information.
Learn how to use ICT confidently. Find out how your children are using ICT to enhance their learning. This course also covers ways to avoid your personal informationbeing shared on the internet and how to protect yourself from scams. Dates to be confirmed.This course is always very popular. So early sign up is advised.