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Engaging parents to drive pupil progress

Parental support and engagement is crucial to a student’s chances of success. Shanaz Hussain discusses her work on a parental engagement programme to help improve pupil progress.

Witton Park High School is an average sized secondary school in outer Blackburn. The proportions of Pupil Premium students, students from minority ethnic backgrounds and those who speak English as an additional language are well above the national averages. The proportion of disabled students and those who have SEN is also above the national average. Needless to say, the school faces its challenges, but works hard to ensure it provides the best environment for all of its students to achieve.

In 2010, I was appointed head of English when GCSE results were 57 per cent A* to C. The data from the last two years suggested that our White British students were not performing at the same rate as other groups within English. I wanted to know why, address the issues and then, with my team, make a difference. 

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