Your Parental Involvement Officer
Hi, my name is Louise Heslop and I am your Parental Involvement Officer (PIO) here at Aire View Infant School.
What is parental involvement?
Children have two main educators in their lives:
Parents/carers are the main educators until children begin school and you remain a major influence on how your children progress throughout school and beyond.
Therefore both you and school have a crucial role to play.
Research shows that the impact upon children’s learning is far greater if parents/carers and schools work together in partnership.
What is a Parental Involvement Officer?
My role in school is to make it easier for parents/carers to become involved in school. I am here as a link between you and school and also to provide you with new opportunities, through activities, adult training courses and social events.
Family learning is a fantastic opportunity for parents/carers to support their children’s learning and learn new skills along the way.
We offer a range of courses/information sessions throughout the year including jolly phonics, keeping up with the kids, first aid etc.
We are always looking for new ideas which you may have for future sessions so if you would like us to offer anything specific please contact me in school.
I am also available to help resolve any issues raised by you and will keep you updated through positive communication between home and school by letters and regular newsletters.
On an individual basis I am here to offer support with many issues including coping with children’s behaviour, improving attendance/punctuality, free school meals, family issues such as divorce/seperation, bereavement, domestic violence, drugs & alcohol, mental health and many other factors which may have an impact on your child’s wellbeing.
Nobody has a ‘perfect’ life and there are times when we all need to share our concerns, worries or just need to be listened to and as such if there is anything you would like to have a confidential chat about please call into school or leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I can promise you a non-judgemental, confidential shoulder to cry on and I do a great line in ‘tea & tissues’ (and biscuits) !!
Please do not sit at home and worry, take the time and contact me. If I cannot help you myself then I will endeavour to put you in contact with someone who can help and support you.
You can contact me on the main school telephone number – 01535 653290 or by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call into school at anytime between 8.15am – 3.45pm.
Winston’s wish – a website offering support for bereaved children and their families. Click here to access the site.
CRUSE – Support and advice after the death of someone close. Click here to access the site.
NSPCC SHARE AWARE CAMPAIGN – Keeping your child safe on social media
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) – Click PACE website to support parents/carers & children affected by CSE.
Building Bridges support service – Local Free support service for parents feeling distressed, lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, anxious, sad or needing help with emotional & mental well being.
Mencap & NSPCC Pants Campaign -Simple Conversations to keep your child safe from abuse
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – How to keep your child safe
Support line – a useful website giving information on many issues including domestic violence, drug & alcohol, bullying, homelessness, mental health and many more. Click on the ‘problems’ section.
National Domestic violence freephone information – run in partnership with Womens aid & refuge
If you are a woman in immediate danger please call 999
Men’s advice line – advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence
Housing advice – a general link to the Incommunities website where you can access advice from the ‘open moves’ section for community housing option
Free school meal advice – to check on eligibility & general information. You can also contact Mrs Louise Heslop, Parental Involvement Officer in school for help & support when completing the forms.
Attendance – a link to the department of education website.
Department of work and pensions – many leaflets/information on various benefits & support available including: Finding a job, bringing up children on your own, housing & heating costs, support for parents & guardians, disability living allowance for children and many more.
Community Advice Network – Gives free confidential, impartial, independent & reliable advice and information for people living and working in the Bradford District.
If you do not have access to a computer at home please feel free to call into school or contact Mrs Heslop who can arrange a time for you to use a computer in school.