Parents involvement in Learning

We welcome parents in to school so that they can be part of our school and their child's education. We aim to provide parent workshops on a 2 year cycle and ask parents to advise us of their needs through our annual parental questionnaires.

Eac year we hold creative weeks and we invite parents and friends of school to come in and share their skills and talents. The last creative week we held was our enterprise week in July 2019 where many parents came into classes to share their career paths, qualification and roles giving children a taste of the world of work before creating their own business. Careers such as Police - Traffic accident officer, mounted and dogs, Midwifery, Nursing, Structural Engineering, Construction, Entrepreneur, Legal, Dog trainer, Mechanic and panel craft, Aircraft enginner to name a few. 

Each year in September, Mrs Williams holds a parent workshop for class 1 parents on reading and phonics.

Feb 2020 - Handwriting workshop for parents ( after school)

Oct 2019 - Maths workshop KS1

Oct 2019 - Maths workshop KS2

Feb 2019 - online safety workshop for parents

Feb 2019 -  Reading workshop for Year R- Year 6 parents

July 2017 - First Aid training held at school for parents from Bretherton and our Cluster schools. Thank you to Sian at Heartbeat for a thorough and enjoyable course.

July 2017 - Internet safety evening for parents. We were fortunatel to have NSPCC and our PCSO Debra, along with Online safety leaders from Bishop Rawsthorne and All Saints in Hesketh Bank present to parents facts about keeping children safe online. It was an informative and successful evening and details are on the ICT area of our website.

Parental involvement

Volunteering at Bretherton CE Primary School

We value parental volunteers. We currently have a number of valued parents who help in school.

There are different ways you can volunteer including helping in the classroom, joining school trips or supporting/helping to run an extra-curricular activity.

What is a classroom helper?

As a volunteer classroom helper you can assist teachers on a regular basis. You can help with tasks like listening to pupils read or change reading books. This can make a BIG difference to teachers and children.

Volunteer classroom helpers are often, but not always, parents of children at the school. We also recommend, should you wish to volunteer, that you do not help in your child’s class.

The role of classroom helper

Classroom helpers usually commit to spending regular slots of time in school each week. This time can vary from half an hour to half a day at most.

Classroom helpers make a big difference in improving standards. Even if you’re not helping in your child’s class, research shows that having a parent who volunteers, improves a child’s experience of school. This may be because you’re more ‘plugged in’ to school and know what goes on during their day. It’s a great way to get behind the scenes.

How to become a classroom helper

If you’re interested in volunteering, talk to your child’s teacher or Mrs Duckworth to discuss when and how you would like to help.

Before you can work unsupervised in a school, you will need to have a police background check. It’s a standard procedure – carried out by the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS). Mrs Carlyon will help you with this. You’ll be asked to fill out a straightforward form and bring in a number of key documents for evidence (i.e. your passport); the form is then sent off for processing – the check can take 4-6 weeks. If you have any police convictions, you may still be able to volunteer, depending on the kind of conviction.

Other ways to volunteer at your child’s school

Being a classroom helper is only one way to volunteer at your child’s school. There are other things you can do that don’t require a regular commitment.

We often ask for parent volunteers to help with school educational visits. However, as with being a classroom helper, you probably won’t be asked to look after your own child directly. We are also very keen to involve parental help with drama productions or with one-off events at the school.

Another way you can help is by offering your skills. For example, your work experience may be useful to share with pupils at some point in the curriculum - again, not necessarily in your child’s year.


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