What is community involvement?
Community involvement is about individuals and families taking on responsibility for their and their communities' health and welfare, and developing the capacity to contribute to their own and their communities' development.
What does it mean to be part of a school community?
A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.
How important is the wider school community?
Engaging parents and the wider community is an important area for many schools in seeking to improve educational outcomes for children. In particular, involving parents from disadvantaged families in the life of the school can have a positive impact on children's educational outcomes.
Why Family and Community Involvement is important....
Schools, parents, and the community should work together to promote the health, well being, and learning of all pupils. When schools actively involve parents and engage community resources they are able to respond more effectively to the health-related needs of pupils.
Research shows that pupils whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to:
- Adapt well to school
- Attend school more regularly
- Complete homework more consistently
- Earn higher grades and test scores
- Graduate and go on to college
- Have better social skills
- Show improved behavior
- Have better relationships with their parents
- Have higher self-esteem
Additionally, linking community activities to the classroom
- Improves school-related behaviors
- Positively impacts academic achievement
- Reduces school exclusion rates.
At Sandown we have been lucky enough to have community support from Friary Gardeners who have been working hard on providing the school with an amazing outdoor space.
Friary Gardeners offers horticultural training and greater independence to adults with a wide spectrum of leaning difficulties in the Hastings and Rother area. Friary Gardeners is a non profit making scheme and forms part of the Parchment Trust - a charity working in the field of learning disability and multiple and profound disability.
Little Gate Farm
Little Gate Farm is a care farm for adults and children with learning disabilities in East Sussex.
They equip adults with learning disabilities with the skills that they need to find work in the wider world.
At Sandown we have recently had the pleasure of having Emily here on a placement.
To find out more about Little Gate Farm please click here.