Bury North MP James Frith met with Parentkind in Parliament to discuss how to support parental engagement in education in Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom.

Parentkind, previously known as PTA UK, is a national charity that champions the parent role in education and is the leading membership organisation supporting Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and other parent groups in schools nationwide, with over 13,700 member schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Parentkind welcomed MPs to an event in Westminster where they learned about the benefits of parental engagement in a child’s schooling, how they can support their constituents to get involved and promised to promote the value and importance of parental involvement in education to help children achieve their potential.

45 schools in Bury are members of Parentkind, being supported by the charity with practical advice and information to help them support their schools and work with them to give pupils the best opportunities for a positive education.

During the session, James was delighted to sign up to Parentkind’s pledge which states:

“I consider the active participation of parents an essential ingredient in the success of our children’s education and I commit to supporting education policy that brings homes and schools together for the good of all children and society, where more parents are engaged in their child’s education in more ways.”

Acting CEO Michelle Doyle Wildman said:

“We are hugely encouraged that so many MPs have pledged their support to Parentkind’s mission. Whether it’s supporting learning at home or volunteering at school, there is substantial evidence of the enormous positive impact that parental involvement throughout the school years has on a child’s education. As well as greatly enhance how well a child does at school, it’s very fulfilling for parents of all kinds.   

“We look forward to working with James Frith over the coming months in our efforts to establish parental participation in schools as an essential part of school improvement plans and positive outcomes for every child.”

James said:

“Being a dad of four, I know how important it is to be involved in the education of our children. And with schools being forced to cut support staff and resources, parental involvement in education and in our schools has never been more essential.”

Data from the Department for Education shows that parental involvement in a child’s education can have a more powerful influence on a student’s school performance than household income, family background or levels of parent education.

Parentkind will be continuing its work at a local and national level. If you are a parent or carer, PTA or parent group, teacher, school leader or governor, you can find out more about how Parentkind can support you and what they are doing in your local area by visiting https://www.parentkind.org.uk or get in touch at info@parentkind.org.uk

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