January 2015

Impact in Learning national conference held at McIntyre House

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The fourth annual Impact in Learning conference was held in the Brendan Carroll lecture theatre in McIntyre House.

The conference, titled Engaging parents to make an outstanding difference to pupil attainment, was attended by teachers, senior leaders, parent support workers and education advisers to promote the importance of getting parents involved in their children’s education. The University’s PGCE students were invited to gain an insight into current issues in the education sector.

The key theme of the conference is one that looks at how to engage parents and achieve outstanding parental engagement through improving pupil attainment under the current Ofsted framework.

Roy Broadfield, Impact in Learning’s founder and national consultant

Successful strategies include holding “Inspire Workshops” for children and parents, where both parties gain a detailed understanding of key areas of study such as literacy, numeracy and writing skills. Parents learn more about the curriculum and gain knowledge about how to have a more positive and supportive effect when helping their children with homework and school projects.

I would like to thank Roy for allowing our current cohort of PGCE students to attend the conference free of charge. The information they have gained regarding how to effectively engage parents, and their increased knowledge and understanding of the importance and impact of engaging parents in their childrens learning, will be invaluable to their future careers.

Prof Danielle Carey, Dean of the School of Education and Community at UCB

Impact in Learning is an award-winning parental engagement strategy. Its homework resources, coupled with our Ofsted-rated “Outstanding” workshops, have enabled hundreds of schools to raise attainment for pupils in a short period of time.

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