Blyth Partnership Extended Services
SCHOOLS WITHIN THE BLYTH PARTNERSHIP:
The Blyth Extended Services Partnership’s aim is to develop services that raise aspirations and provide children, young people and their families with a wide range of accessible opportunities for enrichment and learning.
The Partnership consists of 12 schools in Blyth that work with other organisations and the local community to create a comprehensive support network for children, young people and their families.
The Partnership has an established Extended Services Team, which works closely with the Blyth Childrens Early Intervention Team (CEIT)
The Extended Services team are developing new initiatives with voluntary and statutory partners to facilitate wider engagement in Extended Services and to develop sustainable provision for children and families.
Blyth Extended Services Partnership, Princess Louise First School, Princess Louise Road, Blyth, Northumberland NE24 2TS
Blyth and Seaton Valley Extended Services are running a joint project with Sure Start Children's Centres - Blyth Valley to implement the well established Children's Centre Volunteer support model into schools across Blyth and Seaton Valley. The project has been running for a year and has had great results. Volunteering is a fantastic progression route for parents and this volunteer system offers a full prgramme of training and support tailored to the individual volunteers needs.
Support in Blyth is provided by the Parent Support Partner (PSP) in two ways. For individuals, joint working with the Blyth Childrens Early Intervention Team (CEIT) enables a whole family approach to improve pupil’s behaviour and attendance. Gill Knights also runs regular drop-in sessions for parents at the target schools and supports parents’ groups to provide access to formal and informal parenting support. She helps the groups to become sustainable by involving them in organising fund-raising social events, such as bingo nights, and family activity sessions as well as getting them constituted so they can work with their school as a “Friends of …” group.
Steps To Excellence for Personal Success (STEPS)
Do you want to be happy?.....
Is a question we asked some of our parents and by the responses it was clear that we needed to offer parents the chance to learn more about themselves, gain confidence and set goals which have a positive impact on themselves and their families.
The STEPS course has been delivered to parents throughout Blyth with life changing results. Its a way to give parents the "tools for change" and to begin a journey of discovery....discovering who they are and what they want!
We are working closely with parents to have them trained as STEPS facilitators so that they can deliver this course to parents in their own schools. When you have a happy and positive parent it impacts on the happiness of the children and therefore STEPS affects the whole family in an uplifting and life changing way.
Some local partners have also trained as STEPS facilitators which means we can have a more holisitic approach when parents are accessing services as well as closer working links with our partners, sharing the same ethos and approach.
This year we will be trialing a STEPS programme aimed at teenagers called PX2. This will help to improve attendance, raise achievement and aspirations and increase the number of pupils who continue on to further or higher education