Parental Engagement at Chisenhale School

Research shows that children do better at school when their parents are actively involved in their education so we provide plenty of opportunities for parents to participate in school life.

Parents and carers play an important role in the school as governors, volunteers and members of the PTA. They also help run after-school and golden clubs with staff, like Arts Award and gardening and cooking clubs and are welcomed into school to offer their expertise. For example, one parent runs a play-writing workshop for year 6 pupils and the school is keen to develop links with other parents who could share their skills with children. Several parents also volunteer to help supervise children in the dinner hall, library and playgrounds, and to help children with their reading.

Parents are also welcome to drop in to one of the workshops or courses that we run in the community room in the school house and in the library. Other events for parents and carers are advertised in the weekly newsletter, on the website and on the noticeboards in the playgrounds and include summer and winter fetes and ‘bring your mum/dad to school’ days.

The community room has lots of information about local places of interest and events, and details of services available to parents and carers – feel free to come in and have a browse or ask for advice.

Ruth Crossan, our parental engagement officer, is in school every day to support families. She can help with filling out forms, making phone calls and advising on practical and emotional issues affecting parents and their children. Catch her in the main playground before or after school to make an appointment, leave a message for her in the office or email her on: rcrossan.211@lgflmail.org.

Parent workshops in the school house and the library

We have a series of free workshops for parents covering a wide range of subjects so we hope there is something for everyone.  All courses and meetings start at 9am unless otherwise stated.

Weekly workshops

Every Monday and Wednesday 9.10-11.00am Improve your English -  ESOL Practice and improve your English with our ESOL tutor in this free, friendly class. In the school house.

Every Tuesday 9.00-10am Women-only excercise class A fun class combining aerobics , mat work and stretching,  with a qualified instructor. £1 per session. In the roof playground.

Weekly from November until March 9.10-12.00 Strengthening Families,  Strengthening Communities A participatory parenting course covering child development, parenting styles, strategies to tackle difficult behaviour and ideas to help increase your child's confidence. A certificate is awarded to participants who complete the course. A light lunch is provided. In the school house.

Weekly, by invitation, Early Words Together A course for children in our Early Years and their parents, focusing on reading, talking and developing skills to improve manual dexterity to help with writing and mark making.

Every Thursday from 9-11am Parents' Cooking Club Learn new skills and share your knowledge with others while making a delicious, healthy meal to take home to eat with your family. In the school house.

Every Friday 9-10am Curriculum workshops Each week there is a workshop on a different curriculum subject to help parents support their children's learning. See the Chisenhale Chatter each week for news of upcoming events. In the library.

Please see Ruth for further information and check announcements in Chisenhale Chatter.

Contact Details

Contact Name: Ruth Crossan

Email:info@chisenhale.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Tel: 0208 980 2584

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