At The Farnley Academy we greatly value and recognise the importance of parental engagement as a key strategy for improving the levels of attainment and the overall progress made by all of our students. As a parent or carer, you have the greatest influence on the achievement of your child.

ENGAGE Evenings

Engage is our programme for bringing students and their parents or carers together, to engage in fun and interactive activities. It is a programme for all students from Years 7-11.

The evenings are either subject specific – giving parents and carers the opportunity to experience how a subject may be taught – or will focus of other elements of academy learning that may be important for our students.

Students and their parents and carers are invited to several Engage evenings throughout the academic year, where they all work together for 90 minutes across different subject areas.  Subjects covered include:  English, Mathematics, Science, Drama, Design Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, PE, Music, Ethics, Politics and Religion and Art.  In addition, there are also several evenings that are non-subject specific, including SEND (Special educational needs and disability) and SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health).

In previous years, feedback from parents and carers has been overwhelmingly positive, with them telling us that a greater understanding of the subjects their child is studying has enabled them to provide more support at home.

Prior to an Engage Evening, you will receive communication from us to advertise the event, typically two weeks before it happens. In addition, we urge you to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information about each evening.

Engage Evenings are a big part of our commitment to working with parents and carers and we continue to adapt the content of the evening to the needs of those who attend.

The Farnley Academy ENGAGE Calendar

Date Event
11 November 2020 SEND (Special educational needs and disability)
6 January 2021 Science
13 January 2021 Art and Design Technology Exhibition
14 January 2021 EPR (Ethics, Politics and Religion)
20 January 2021 Music
21 January 2021 Maths
26 January 2021 Design and Technology
2 February 2021 Geography
9 February 2021 MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)
10 February 2021 BTEC Sport
24 February 2021 PE
25 February 2021 SEND (Special educational needs and disability)
4 March 2021 Core Subjects KS4
18 March 2021 History
22 April 2021 Drama
28 April 2021 ICT/Computer Science
29 April 2021 Health and Social Care
6 May 2021 Business
13 May 2021 Statistics
19 May 2021 English
25 May 2021 Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
1 July 2021 SEND (Special educational needs and disability)

What is parental / family engagement?

Put simply, parental and family engagement means when the family of a student is involved in their school life. Engaged families will visit school when appropriate, communicate with staff and have conversations with their child about their school life. It’s not only mothers and fathers who have a part to play. Carers, grandparents, older siblings – whoever is a significant adult in the lives of children can be engaged.

Why is parental engagement important?

Young people have two main educators in their lives; their parents / families and their teachers. Both school and home have crucial roles to play in the education of children with cooperation and communication between the two being the ideal position. Research has conclusively shown that parental and family engagement in their child’s education has benefits reaching far beyond the classroom. Indicators show that when parents / family are in regular communication with school, the student, teachers and parents all benefit.

What are some of the benefits of parental engagement?

Investigations conducted by the National Child Development Studies have proved that when parents take an active involvement in a child’s schooling, exam results, progress in literacy and numeracy and overall enjoyment of education are all improved. An example of this is the acceleration of young people’s reading ability when the family support with and encourage reading at home. When families engage in leisure activities together, such as visiting museums, going to the theatre or trying a new type of food together, a notable improvement in academic progress and even employment opportunities in later life is made according to research conducted by the British Cohort Study.

What happens when parents are not engaged in their child’s school life?

Studies have shown that when a child’s parents are not engaged in their education, the child is at a disadvantage to their peers. Academic progress such as reading ages and test scores are often not as high as those students whose parents are engaged with school. In some severe cases where children’s parents had no engagement in school, students have been recorded to leave school with below average GCSE results and suffered difficulty in securing employment or training.

What can I do to support my child at The Farnley Academy?

  • Check their student planner every day and speak with your child about homework.

  • Contact your child’s form tutor if you have any concerns about your son or daughter’s progress in lessons or wellbeing at school.

  • Attend Parent Consultation Evenings to meet the class teachers and find out how you can help with specific subjects.

  • Our Engage evenings provide you and your child the opportunity to come in to school after the school day and enjoy a joint learning and information session together. They are friendly and relaxed sessions designed to enhance student learning at home. Check your child’s planner regularly to see if one is coming up!

If you would like to talk about any aspects of parental engagement, please contact Mrs J Booth (Assistant Principal) by emailing [email protected].