Headroom - Empower your creative community

“At-home parental involvement clearly and consistently has significant effects on pupil achievement … which far outweigh other forms of involvement.”
Charles Desforges, ‘The Impact of Parental Involvement on Pupil Achievement’.

Read the full report here:

http://www.edujam.org/headroom/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/impact-of-at-home.pdf

Visit the standards site for information on parental involvement http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk

Research into parental involvement in pupils achievement has shown that it has a significant impact, especially at home.

· Children of parents who take an active interest in their schooling make greater progress than other children.
· Gains in pupil achievement that stem from parental involvement programmes tend to be permanent.
· In schools with matched intakes, those with strong parental partnerships do best - they consistently have fewer problems related to pupil behaviour and their pupils’ achievements are better.
· Family influences have a more powerful effect on children’s achievements than either school or neighbourhood factors.

Primary schools using edujam can begin to exploit the benefits above because it offers their school community :

* Greater sense of ownership and achievement in pupils
* Extension of learning with pupils able to take more of their learning and achievements into their home.
* Empowerment of parents to take a much more supportive role.

The DfES document, ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ published in 2003 encouraged primary schools to ‘take ownership of the curriculum…and be creative and innovative in how they teach’. It emphasised ‘children experiencing the joy of discovery, solving problems, being creative in writing, art music, developing their self-confidence as learners

A text version of a report ”Creativity Action Research Awards 2005
initiated and commissioned by Creative Partnerships” is below.

http://www.edujam.org/headroom/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/building-creative-futures-creativity-action-research-2005-text.txt

or a colourful PDF version can be downloaded from the Creative Partnerships site by here

http://www.creative-partnerships.com/area-delivery-organisations/capeuk/research/building-creative-futures-the-story-of-the-creativity-action-research-awards-2005,119,ART.html

Ofsted conducted an inspection on creative practice schools which was the subject of a HMCI speech for Creative Partnerships National Conference
Creativity in schools: what inspection tells us, Christine Gilbert, HMCI

you can view the full contents of the speech here

http://www.edujam.org/headroom/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/cgilbert-hmi-ofsted.pdf

“Their Space” “Young people are spending their time in a space which adults find difficult to supervise or understand .. .

This report highlights many issues concerned with the way in which children are empowering themselves with digital technologies and how schools can be left behind.

Curriculum opportunity, methods of assessment, parental aspiration, involvement as well as access to resources are all mentioned. Unfortunately, there seems to be much misunderstanding, fear, indeed loathing of ‘Their Space’ amongst adults. It is eponymously titled “Their Space” reflecting one issue of ownership. It seems a good idea to be sharing the positive benefits of helping pupils shift from consumers to creators in schools that have started building safe, purposeful creative communities.