The Parent Ambassador Initiative
This film, which has been commissioned by Securing Success, explains and celebrates the Parent Ambassador Initiative which is operating in some Barnet and Harrow primary and secondary schools. It showcases 2 schools, Edgware Primary and Hatch End High and includes interviews with headteachers, teachers, parent ambassadors and parents. It also highlights the links with supplementary schools. The initiative aims to work with vulnerable families including refugees and asylum seekers in order to help parents support their children to meet their potential in school. There are scenes demonstrating parent ambassadors working with parents and interviews with senior staff. In addition there are shots of the training delivered through the Open College Network West Midlands accredited 'Becoming a Parent Ambassador Course' which parent ambassadors receive in preparation for their role. Reference is made to the 'Train the Trainer' courses which equip professionals in mainstream and supplementary schools to deliver the 'Becoming a Parent Ambassador Course' in their sectors or in partnership. Training can be accessed and purchased through Securing Success. To find out more, contact us.


Parent ambassadors are employed by mainstream schools to:
  • facilitate effective communication between parents, families and school
  • support the successful induction and inclusion of pupils and students
  • aid the integration of parents and families through engagement with schools and signpost other services e.g. ESOL, supplementary schools
  • enhance the understanding of school staff regarding the challenges faced by new communities

The Becoming a Parent Ambassador course prepares parent ambassadors for this work
Becoming a Parent Ambassador Training Course
This successful course explores the role of the Parent Ambassador and builds the confidence of participants to take on the role.

It is a nine-session course accredited by Open College Network West Midlands at Unit Level 2 and Unit Credit Value 3.

The course covers six key learning outcomes:
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of school staff
  • Understand policies and procedures relevant to a school
  • Understand the types of information requires by parents and school staff
  • Know how to communicate with parents and school staff
  • Understand barriers to learning
  • Understand the safeguarding requirements within school

Participants on a recent course said:

"All the aspects of the course were useful but for me the most important thing is that now I'm able to help more parents and children from school and be more confident about the role"

"Really enjoyed the course. Found what I learned very interesting and useful."

"Training has given me confidence."

"I found useful all the information and all discussions with the other parent ambassadors."
Becoming a Parent Ambassador Train the Trainer
Course content:
  • Overview of the success of the Parent Ambassador programme
  • The contribution of parent ambassadors to children's progress
  • Responsibilities of the school in supporting the parent ambassador role
  • The rationale for the Becoming a Parent Ambassador programme
  • Delivery of the course including the scheme of work, lesson plans and assessments
  • Management of the course accreditation with Open College Network West Midlands

Criteria:

Trainers should have prior experience of training adults and hold a PTLLS/DTLLS (or equivalent), or they should have experience of teaching in schools. They must have an understanding of the role of parents and community in supporting children's education and welfare.

Contact:

For further details about the courses outlined above contact Joy Collins, Director, Securing Success



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