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William Stockton Primary becomes first Ellesmere Port school to achieve National Family Partnership Award

3 May 2012

William Stockton Primary has become the first school in Ellesmere Port to gain the nationally-recognised National Family Partnership Award.

Designed to enhance and improve a school’s relationships with its pupils and their families, staff members Joyce Baker and Claire Beamish were awarded their achievement rosettes in front of pupils and parents at a special assembly.

The National Family Partnership Award provides a clear framework for schools to be able to identify, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their work with families, as well as helping to address any gaps in current provision.

Headteacher, Mrs Atkins said: “I am delighted with the hard work and dedication our staff have shown in helping the school to achieve this award. Family partnership working in this school is everyone’s responsibility.

 “We held a special assembly for the staff involved in the award and we also thanked parents for their continued involvement in a range of school activities with their children.”

Fifteen Ellesmere Port schools signed up to the two-year programme and are working closely with parents, carers and other family members the self-evaluation framework covers six thematic aspects relating to family partnership working including ethos, vision and policy; leadership, management and coordination; communication and information sharing; partnership in practice; early intervention and effectiveness.

The Boost Ellesmere Port Education Partnership - a collaborative group of 28 schools, four Children’s Centres and one Further Education college within the town - is working closely with Rita Cheminais, Director of Educational Consultancy and Management Solutions, who has developed this award framework for schools with the approval of Department for Education. 

Ellesmere Port Education Partnership Chair, Martin Nield, said: “The primary role of Boost is to create an environment in which schools and members work in partnership to improve outcomes for all within a culture of trust and innovation.”

Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Councillor Mark Stocks, said: “This initiative supports the Council’s vision to create an effective and seamless family support offer to all children and their families.

“A number of the schools who have signed up to this project work closely with us through the Family Pilot within the town which helps us to identify needs, and offer support at a much earlier stage to pupils and families.”

Local Member and Shadow Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services, Councillor Pat Merrick, said: “Helping to improve the relationships between schools and staff and pupils and their families can see improvements in a range of educational areas.

“Building trust and confidence between school life and home life can also create huge benefits for pupils and see them grow in confidence and their ability to study.”

Schools in the partnership working towards this award are Elton, Wolverham, The Oaks, Hinderton, Westminster, Rivace Valley, The Acorns, Meadow, Childer Thornton, St Bernards, Parklands, Sutton Green, Christ Church primary schools, and UCE Academy.

Any school wishing to find out more about the national Family Partnership Award and how to engage with the award process should visit the ECM Solutions website.