As part of the Academy’s community initiatives workshops have recently been provided for a group of parents as a means of better equipping them to help their children with their studies at school.
A series of events were held at the Academy organised our Ethnic Minority Achievement Coordinator, Mrs Mulla, which were attended by 10 parents over a period of 6 weeks. During their time at the Academy the visiting parents had the opportunity to take part in wide variety of workshops enabling them to develop their own skills and knowledge.
The first workshop covered the issues of reading with children, which focused on the importance of reading and equipped the parents with new skills to engage their children with books. The workshop began by working with printed texts. This was then followed by a session in the library where our Librarian, Mr Naylor, provided a library tour and presentation on library titles that students can borrow. This was greatly enjoyed by the visitors.
In a session with Academy students the parents took a trip down memory lane. A group of 14 students from Years 7 and 8 gave a presentation to the parents about what life is like at the Academy. This enabled the parents see how education had changed since their own time at school.
Further workshops included developing spelling, revision support and healthy eating.
The workshops have been greatly enjoyed and valued by the parents taking part and it is hoped to run further events in the future.