The way Tremorfa Nursey School has driven up standards by working with parents, families and the wider community has been commended by Education Secretary Kirsty Williams.
The school has had an integrated services plan in place for 10 years providing toddler groups, baby groups, parent café and parent workshops.
These have helped engage and empower parents. The children who attend pre-nursery engagement activities are better prepared for entry to nursery and go on to achieve better outcomes.
Following a recent European study visit (organised by the European Agency for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs) – the nursery was selected as a case study of excellent practice in inclusion and engagement. Practitioners from across Europe spent several days learning about the Welsh education system and Tremorfa's excellent practice.
Speaking at the school on Tuesday (12 July), Kirsty Williams stressed the importance of family and community engagement in raising the educational attainment of children and young people in Wales:
“In these changing times, providing every child with a world-class education requires more from all of us. We all – teachers, students, parents, elected politicians and community leaders – are accountable for our children’s success.
“Teaching and learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom. We must work together to help more children, in more ways and more effectively.
“The wishes of government and concerns of the profession often dominate the public debate about our education system, but I want to hear from as many parents and children as possible as their concerns are centre place to my agenda.
“I would like to see all centres of learning engage with parents, no matter what their background, in the education of their children. I want to harness parent’s aspirations as well as their children’s.”