This project is funded through the European Life Long Learning fund and centres on involving parents in the education process. Our school is working alongside St Oswald’s CE Primary, Litherland Moss Primary, Cambridge Nursery & Children’s Centre, Greenacres Nursery & Seaforth Children’s Centre. The Sefton schools are collaborating with Liverpool John Moores University and Publiczna Szkola Podstawowa number 17(PSP17), Primary School in Radom, Poland on a European project. It is based on involving parents through the use of IT to support the curriculum and enables parents to work with mini IPads and other forms of technology. The IPads have been purchased through the funding for the project and staff are using them to develop pupil language skills, whilst improving parents’ expertise in using this latest type of technology. Staff in the project schools are liaising with colleagues in Poland and at the university in order to develop the programme and there have been visits to Liverpool from the staff in Radom whilst teachers from Sefton visited Poland in March 2014 in order to undertake work shadowing opportunities.
This is the first year of the project and there will be an evaluation during the summer term 2014 when staff involved in the Polish project will visit Liverpool in order to confer with their Sefton & Liverpool John Moores University counterparts. The project is funded for two years although it is hoped that this will be sustainable beyond 2015 as international collaboration is proving to be very worthwhile and has impacted upon teacher confidence and expertise which is leading to improved pupil results.
The parent and pupil activities will be further developed during the second year of the project when the intervention programme will include pre and post baseline assessment strategies in order to measure the success of the IT programme on pupil progress. The project will culminate in a celebration event in Radom, Poland when outcomes from the small scale research will be presented to interested parties and the good practice will be cascaded and replicated in other schools and institutions in both Poland and the United Kingdom.
For further information about this work please contact Margaret Ellams on firstname.lastname@example.org