We believe that engaging parents in their child’s experience of the Schools Linking journey is important and can make a big difference to the impact of the programme.
Engaging parents could be as simple as sending letters home, inviting parents to an assembly or sending a scrap book or journal home. The Linking Network team can support you if you would like to do more to engage parents or your local community. We’ve got lots of resources you can download and use. We also have lots of ideas to share from events and activities School Linking programmes from the National Network have already undertaken.
Have a look at our resources below or get in touch for more support.
A 2 page summary of the Parent Linking activities which were undertaken by 6 areas of the National Network in 2018.
A simple 5-step guide with ideas of ways to engage parents.
A more in-depth guide of things to consider when running events to engage families
A case study of a fantastic programme, Carry My Story, led by colleagues from Yorkshire Spirit in Kirklees.
Another case study of how colleagues from Building Bridges in Pendle involved local families in a great programme called Families Making Friends.
Resources for using in school
Linking Assembly for Parents (Word)
Prepared assembly which can be held at school with parents of the linking class invited.
Linking Assembly for Parents (Power Point)
Powerpoint version of above.
Letter for Schools for Parents V1 (Word)
Permission letter for parents which gives an overview of the Schools Linking Programme.
As above but slightly different version.
Homework sheet for pupils to interview 2 people about their hopes and dreams. Pupils can ask someone at school.
These stories have been written by children from Clayton CE Primary School and Lidget Green Primary School Bradford for their Schools Linking Project on the theme of ‘Journeys’.