PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT AT MARION RICHARDSON
We offer a full programme of course and activities for parents and carers.
We are very fortunate to have the use of two meeting rooms -The parents’ hut at the Senrab Street Site and the training room at the EYFS site.
Courses are delivered at both sites-these could include parenting courses, ESOL conversation classes, healthy living workshops, curriculum support, a course on family finance and regular coffee mornings.
We have a Community Cohesion Coordinator -Alison Jones who coordinates the parenting courses, interfaith discussion groups, the volunteer training and the schools’ involvement in the wider community. Alison is a trained counsellor and is available to offer support to families who are facing challenges in their lives.
Rumana Begum is our parental support worker and co -ordinates the ESOL Conversation classes, healthy living workshops, the early words programme and weekly coffee mornings. Rumana is available to help parents complete forms, support in meetings and offer individual support.
VOLUNTEERING IN SCHOOL.
Each Autumn term, we offer a 10-week accredited course “volunteering in your child’s school.” This course looks at the role of volunteers, the school policies, keeping children safe and how a school is organised. Those parents who successfully complete the course are offered opportunities to volunteer in the school.
CHILD CARE COURSE PLACEMENTS
If you are doing a recognised Child Care Course and need a placement in the school please see Alison or Miss Bonsor
To support healthy living, we offer the following opportunities:
Walk and Talk – a weekly walk around the canals and parks and by the river Thames . It is a chance to discover lovely places to walk to in our local neighbourhood.
Emotional First Aid-we all have times when we feel under pressure and stressed. This six week course covers mindfulness and how to develop strategies to keep both physically and mentally well.
Father’s Football -fathers from the school train together weekly with a coach, sessions are held at the Stepney Astroturf.
Happiness Course.- This three week course looks at what makes and what prevents us being happy- we encourage our families to find happiness in making positive relationships and developing good values .
COURSES THAT SUPPORT THE CURRICULUM
We offer regular courses/workshops on how to support your child with their learning.
This might include workshops on phonics, reading and learning how to play educational board games with your children. We also offer a three-week course on maths for male carers, introducing mathematical language and giving resources to use with their children.
Each year we offer courses to enable parents to feel more confident about their parenting .
Strengthening Families – this course looks at how children develop at different rates, how to share faith and values with your children, community resources and how to encourage positive behaviour.
Speakeasy -this three week course gives parents the skills and confidence to talk with their children about the changes their bodies go through in puberty and how to keep them safe when they are online.
Come and Meet Each Other -half termly meetings for parents who have children with special needs .
Abacus/Made of Money – a 5-week course on how to talk to your children about family finances and how to find ways of saving money.
Coffee mornings -there is a weekly drop in coffee morning that enables parents to make friends with parents from other year groups and to talk about any issues facing their families. These take place in the parents’ hut.
MARION RICHARDSON AND THE WIDER COMMUNITY
Each year, parents raise money for different charities such as McMillan, Children in Need and international appeals through cake sales or fundraising activities.
Parents from the school, volunteer to cook and help 6 evenings at the local night shelter for homeless guests.
In December, we collect new socks for the local day centre for homeless people. In 2021 we collected 800 pairs of socks which enabled the homeless people using the day centre to have warm and dry feet.
We have a clothes bank that has good quality second hand school uniform and coats .
We can refer families to the local foodbank
We can support parents going to meetings .
We can offer counselling and individual support for families .
DO COME AND MEET ALISON AND RUMANA AND ASK THEM FOR MORE DETAILS OF HOW TO GET INVOLVED. THEY WILL BE IN THE PLAYGROUND BEFORE SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL.
Charity Lunches At the Night Shelter