Feedback received from the Principal of Blenheim School:
We are thoroughly enjoying the Reading Together programme with our families. We are running our second series at present.
We had some families that were hard to engage and as a result the school had embraced any initiative that would help in this area. Hearing that this was one of the desired outcomes of the Reading Together programme we decided it would be important for the school to run a series of workshops for our parents and students.
We identified a team (principal, DP/SENCO and junior teacher) who firstly read the St Josephs School’s successful implementation story and analysed this in light of our context and quickly made the decisions that were needed to begin planning.
The community librarian was contacted and was delighted to be involved and welcomed us into the public library for all the final workshops of each series.
The selection of the families was very important as we had identified some families that would really benefit from the programme but had no way of getting to school. We decided that we would collect whoever needed transport and were able to organise a bus at no cost for each workshop. We did need to clean this and return it the following morning but this was a real bonus for our families.
A key consideration when inviting the families was to consider the group dynamics. For discussions to flow freely it was important to have some parents who were confident speakers, willing to share experiences and give input throughout each workshop. We found the group we had selected was excellent as we had many robust discussions with all members feeling comfortable with sharing and taking part.
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Acknowledgement: Our thanks to Dina Ahradsen, Principal of Blenheim School for sharing this feedback.
Posted: Thursday 15 November 2012