At King Solomon we believe that a strong partnership between the school and parents will lead to excellent outcomes for children. Research findings support this view as they reveal that children’s attainment is positively advanced when parents are active co-educators in their child’s education (Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2007; DCSF 2008; the National Literacy Trust 2011). Their dominant message is clear, children will achieve more when parents are involved. King Solomon has a strong commitment to empowering parents to be effective co-educators of their children, hence the development of our innovative Parents College.
- Parents provide a learning environment which is enduring and comprehensive. It begins even before birth, operates beyond the child’s day at the setting and provides continuity as the child transfers from one setting to another.
- Over 70% of children’s lives are spent, not in a school setting, but with their family and the wider community. Therefore home and community must be recognised as significant learning environments in the lives of children.
- All parents can enhance their child’s development and learning.
- Parents have the right to play a central role in making decisions about their child’s care and education at every level.
- Successful relationships between parents and educators can have long-lasting and beneficial effects on children’s learning and well-being.
- Successful relationships become partnerships when there is two-way communication and parents and practitioners really listen to each other and value each other’s views and support in achieving the best outcomes for each child.
The overarching aim of the Parents College is to equip parents with the knowledge and skills to effectively undertake their role as co-educators and build parents' confidence to engage with their children's learning. The Parents College is a learning hub for parents which runs throughout the year in the form of workshops and seminars. The College operates mainly on a Thursday evening.
Accessible to All
The Parents College is open to all parents and carers of children at King Solomon as well as to those who support the partnering of these children for example, grandparents, godparents and indeed any other members of the family who have a close impact on the child`s life. Some sessions are free; others will attract a small fee.
King Solomon, in partnership with Excell3, will be holding a parents conference periodically. Further details will be provided in due course.
King Solomon Fact Sheets
Parents facts sheet can be found here.
The Institute of Wellbeing web site with additional resources can be found here
Planned Seminars and Workshops for 2020/2021
Our core programme is designed to empower parents of primary and secondary school students in supporting their child’s education at home and school. A list of some of the seminars and workshops that makes up this programme, with a brief outline of each workshop and their aim is set out below.
An example of a workshop theme -What is your parenting style and why does it matter? click for video information
Understanding the Education System
The education system can often seem like a maze; its constantly changing. These workshops will keep parents abreast of current development in the education system and provide useful insights into how the education system is structured, and how parents can take advantage of the opportunities it offers for their children. Two different workshop will be offered, one for primary phase parents and the other for secondary phase parents.
Education Success by Design
“If you fail to plan you plan to fail”. This workshop offers useful tips for parents on planning their child’s education journey for a successful outcome.
Supporting your child at home with phonics
Phonics is a vitally important strategy for reading. This workshop will support parents a glossary of phonic terms so that you can make sense of your child’s phonic language and support them correctly with the use of phonics in reading and writing at home.
Supporting your Child in the core subjects of Literacy, Maths, English, Science and French
These are a series of year group specific workshops which enable parents to gain insights into the main learning criteria and competencies for each subject area. Specialist teachers will equip parents with the knowledge of how to support their child in a subject to enhance their knowledge of the subject. These workshop will be particularly useful for parents who either have children who are either struggling with a subject or who make further progress in that subject.
Supporting the character development of your child
Character development is an important factor for success in life and is part of the school’s vision. This workshop will assist parents by showing them how they can work with the school to enable effective facilitation for further development of their child’s character, and how you can support your child in building up their character development journal.
Learning to Learn
Human capacity for learning is not fixed but fluid. This workshop shows how learning takes place and how it can be accelerated with parental support. It will enable parents to improve their child’s capacity for learning so that their child obtains the most out of their school experiences.
Understanding and dealing with a child with challenging behaviour
Sometimes children experience a crisis in their lives and become disaffected with schooling. This workshop offers an opportunity for parents to explore some of the common causes and ideal responses to challenging behaviour in a way that administers healthy discipline, builds compliance and re-engagement in ways for getting their child back on track.
Parents Volunteering induction
Students achieve more when parents are involved. This induction workshop will enable parents to participate and to positively contribute to the school as volunteers.
The Thrive Approach and Resources for Parents
Thrive is a special way of working with children that helps to develop their social and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.
Positive relationships with dedicated staff are at the heart of Thrive. We use these relationships, together with play and creative activities, to give children key experiences at each different stage of their development. Repetition of these activities supports their development, helping them to:
- Feel good about themselves and know that they matter
- Increase their sense of security and trust
- Increase their emotional well-being
- Improve their capacity to be creative and curious
- Increase their self-esteem and confidence to learn
- Learn to recognise and regulate their feelings
- Learn to think before behaving in a certain way
- And much more…
Thrive Resources for Parents
- Thrive activities useful for parents of children up to 7 years old – week seven
- Thrive activities useful for parents of children up to 7 years old – week nine
- Thrive activities useful for parents of children up to 11 years old – week seven
- Thrive activities useful for parents of children up to 11 years old – week nine
- Thrive activities useful for parents of children up to 16 years old – week seven
- Thrive activities useful for parents of children up to 16 years old – week nine
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Home Learning & Character Development
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, on the 20th of March, that all schools were to close for the foreseeable future, many parents and guardians will find themselves in a challenging and unprecedented situation.
This extended time at home will give many of us an opportunity to reflect on what type of person we are, and want to be. There is also an opportunity for all of us to emerge from this crisis as more resilient, compassionate and generous people.
King Solomon would love to support parents and carers to use the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues resource to promote character development and reflection for young people.
They have a range of exciting, freely available resources to support parents and carers to encourage the young people in their care to develop positive character virtues during this time. They have created a calendar with 30 days of character building activities for primary school children.
Supporting Young Entrepreneurs
Ultra Education C.I.C is one of the UK’sbest providers of entrepreneurial education in schools and clubs. They believe that all children and young people regardless of background or social standing should have access to essential entrepreneurial education.
They exist to inspire positive and lasting change in the lives of young people who would otherwise suffer from the disadvantage of their starting point.
Why not subscribe to the Youtube channel #AskUltra and watch informative videos
Q: Can parents suggest other types of courses we would like the Parents College to offer?
A: Yes, most certainly. Please let us know what your training needs are and if there is sufficient demand for the course we will do our utmost to provide the training.
Q: Will the Parents College consider putting on personal development courses for parents?
A: Yes, we will consider specialised personal development workshops for parents who wish to enrich their lives and to make progress in their career.
Q: What is the fee for the courses?
A: As far as possible, most of the core courses we offer will be free of charge, but some courses will attract a course fee. Where a fee is applicable, parents will be advised in advance or at the time of booking a place on a workshop.
Q: Will there be space in the schools permanent building for the Parents College?
A: Yes. We have a designated area for the Parents College workshops and engagement.
Q: Will the Parents College support the formation of Parents support groups that might emerge out of a course?
A : Yes, parents attending the workshops will have the opportunity to network with other parents and to join a parent support group and Parent School Partnership (PSP).
Q: Will childcare facilities be provided?
A: Yes subject to there being sufficient parents requiring the facility. Parents will be notified of the exact fee in advance of the course.
Q: Where can I find out what courses will be provided and the dates?
A: Information will be available on the school website in the Parents Zone section.