The Canons Cluster Project
addresses this need. The cluster is made up of nine schools (7 primary schools,
1 secondary school and 1 special school) which work collaboratively to deliver
extended services in an area with high levels of deprivation.
This brochure and DVD set takes
you through the project, outlining the aims and looking at various case studies
as the project developed.
The principle aims of the parent
ambassador project were to:
• Promote community cohesion by
supporting families with integration
• Encourage parental
involvement in children’s education amongst families with insufficient English
to communicate effectively with the school
• Involve parents in all
aspects of school life through an understanding of the British education system,
school policies and practice
• Raise awareness of extended
services within the population of the school and cluster
• Facilitate meaningful
consultations on extended services, school improvement etc.
• Provide a contact point for
outside groups to approach in order to recruit for Family Learning, ESOL
classes, preschool provision etc.
• Address specific needs with
• Empower parents by presenting
themselves as positive role models from their communities in terms of good
practice and personal development.
The brochure includes:
• Establishing the Parent
• The Role of the Parent
• The Impact of the Parent
• Impact on Children
• The Way Forward for the
Parent Ambassador Initiative