Parental influences have a powerful effect upon young people’s attitudes, achievements and life outcomes.
We are fortunate at Northgate and The Bee Hive to have Mrs Moore, Parent Support Advisor (PSA at Northgate) and Miss Fuoco, Family Support Worker (FSW at The Bee Hive) who work hard to bridge the support between home and school, and provide vital parental support when there is a need.
Their role is to assist in tackling underachievement by working in partnership with families, parents, carers and pupils in a school context to enable pupils, particularly the most disadvantaged, to have full access to educational opportunities and overcome barriers to learning and participation. They work directly with parents in a non-judgmental way empowering them and their families to get the most out of the educational opportunities available.
Our Parent Support Team focuses their work on preventative and early intervention activities. They work and support all families, focusing on parents and families whose needs are below the thresholds that trigger the involvement of specialist services and other agencies.
Such agencies and professionals encourage good relations and effective dialogue between parents and teachers about the young person’s progress and ensure parents feel confident to engage with their young person’s learning by facilitating and arranging Adult Learning courses at parents and carers request.
Along with this, they support parents of children with early signs of social, emotional, health or behavioural issues and work with them, school staff and other support agencies to prevent problems worsening or interfering with the children’s ability to engage in school and learning.
Our Parent & Carer Forum
Northgate School Parent Forum was established to provide our parents with an opportunity to ‘have a voice’ within Northgate, encouraging parents and carers to become more involved with school life to support their child’s education. We also listen to what our parents and carers say, and enable them to gain useful information by sourcing speakers from a variety of organisations and support groups, who come into schooland provide bespoke advice. We also look at supporting our parents and carers through courses available from Adult Learning.
Often, we meetup just to have a chat with other parents and carers, and this networking creates a great support and often long-lasting friendships.
Feel free to contact them when you need support.
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Remote Learning: What we provide at Northgate
Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, you are doing a great job!
We would like to ensure that you are aware of how we provide online/remote Learning at Northgate, so please see our ‘Providing Remote Education for Parents’ policy below, which sets out what our remote learning offer actually looks like.
Also, we have a ‘Home Learning Hub’, which can be found on our website, and contains all you will need to support your child’s remote learning at home. On this page (amongst other things) you will see:
- your child’s remote ‘live’ learning timetable- clearly showing when all live lessons are scheduled;
- a’Home Learning Hub’ timetable: full of useful, pathway-specific’ links, which have all been organised into a clear learning schedule, which runs from 9am until 3pm, for those pupils who might struggle to access the live lessons for a variety of reasons;
- useful videos to support you in actually getting started, such as: ‘How to access Microsoft Teams’, and lots of information about online safety.
To access, go to ‘Northgate School’– then ‘Curriculum’ — and then scroll down to ‘Home Learning Hub’. Alternatively, you can click here.
We also provide work in hard copy form for families who much prefer working from physical books and sheets. Please let us know if this is a preferred option.
Reading is also a major part of remote/online learning, and we encourage all pupils to read daily. Again, there is information about reading at home, and access to several resources from The Oxford Owl (here) and The Oak National Academy (here) which can be found on our ”Reading, Literacy and Communication’ page.
To access, go to ‘Northgate School’– ‘Curriculum’– and then scroll down to ‘Literacy, Reading and Communication”. Alternatively, you can click here.
We know that you are doing your best, and we are here to help and support you as and when you need it. If you require further clarity or help with any aspect of remote/online learning, please get in touch!
Remember, you know your child best. So continue to use the offer in a way that will support both your child’s and your own needs in the most positive and productive way. Wellbeing is crucial- in fact, it’s paramount-so don’t worry, stress or panic! If you need to share, contact your child’s teacher, Sarah Moore (or Jo Fuoco at The Bee Hive) or any of the Northgate or Bee Hive teams- we will listen and chat over a virtual cuppa and hopefully put your mind at ease.
We’re in this together! We’ve got this!