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Boost your child’s heritage knowledge

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Check out this list of free resources that can help build your child’s sense of belonging and self-awareness during the COVID19 lockdown situation and beyond …

This is an excellent opportunity for you and your children to reconnect with our amazing cultural heritage.

Here are some sites for them to browse:

Don’t forget that there are lots of other more general resources online with BBC Bitesize (all subjects), as well as White Rose Maths (maths) and Oak National Academy to support you with the National Curriculum.

Email: info@parentsactionresource.org.uk if you need any guidance on where to find further curriculum resources to support your child/young person.

Stay safe everyone.

For information on what you need to do to keep you and your loved ones safe, go to: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Community leaders share tips with parents on closing the attainment gap

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PARC Coffee Saturday 29th February 2020, Northolt Village Community Centre

Former headteacher Robert Singh and youth work practitioner Daniel Pink joined the PARC Coffee Saturday in Northolt on 29th February to share their insights on how the community could tackle the attainment or achievement gap between Black children and their White peers.

Singh shared some of what he had learnt through working with London schools including the importance of high quality provision, recruitment and retention of a more diverse teaching workforce and the raising of teachers’ expectations. He also underlined that parent and school communication plays a critical role in ensuring that children achieve their potential.

Pink talked about his experience working with Lewisham Education Group and Ubuntu, a leadership program for African/African Caribbean young people and adults. He highlighted the importance of self-determination and working together to forge relationships and networks that can effectively give children and their parents and carers a voice to address the injustices they face in the education system and improve community well-being.

The meeting ended with a lively discussion on the importance of cultural excellence alongside academic excellence. It was agreed that academic excellence was not enough. Black children and young people need to develop a strong sense of identity and self-awareness so that they can not only get their SATS, GCSEs or higher education qualifications but also develop a sense of shared responsibility to give back and build their communities.

Follow Ubuntu on Twitter:  @UbuntuSLN

For more information about GLA Research mentioned in the article: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/lkmco_boys_on_track_report.pdf

Local parents find out how Ealing is tackling Black attainment gap

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Local parents joined Parents Action and Resource Centre (PARC) and Ealing Local Authority on Saturday 24th January to kickstart the 2020 PARC Coffee Saturday programme. Ealing Learner Partnership, Schools Partnership Lead, Sarah Thompson shared information about the recently launched No Learner Left Behind (NLLB) project which aims to address the attainment gap in Ealing boroughs: 54 percent of Black Caribbean pupils achieved a standard GCSE pass in English and Maths in 2019 compared to 72 percent of all Ealing pupils.  (Ealing Learning Partnership). Sixteen schools out of a total of over 100 are currently participating in the project.

Parents took the opportunity to ask questions on monitoring and measuring the impact of the  project as well as the longevity of the project.

Director of PARC, Ade Banjoko commented on the public meeting, “It’s important that the community has the opportunity to hear about what schools are doing to address these disappointing statistics and have their views taken into account.”

For more information on the Ealing Learning Partnership No Learner Left Behind Project, contact Sarah Thompson, School Partnerships Lead at sthompson@ealing.gov.uk. Tel: 020 8825 7372.

For more information on upcoming PARC Listening Hubs, see the News and Events page or contact PARC at info@parentsactionresource.org.uk.

 

Parents Action and Resource Centre (PARC) is an independent community organisation based at Northolt Village Community Centre, Ealing Road, Northolt UB5 6AD. It aims to address inequalities in education by supporting parents and empowering communities. It carries out a number of different activities including: regular ‘listening hubs’ for parents and educators to network and share best practice; exclusions advocacy training and clinic; inclusive curriculum development support and education advice. Email: info@parentsactionresource.org.uk. Tel:07393 426227.

Social justice advocate Dr Patricia Rodney launches West London Black teachers hub

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Teachers from across West London came together at Northolt Village Community Centre, to discuss how they could work together to support the academic success of Black children and youth in London. Dr Patricia Rodney, CEO of Partners in Health, Education and Development, a domestic and international public health consultancy organisation was invited to launch the hub.

Rodney underlined that parents, teachers and children need to act as we are operating in a challenging environment, explain to the children who they are and hear them tell their own stories. She also highlighted that it was key for parents and teachers to empower children with a belief of self, encourage dialogue and be ready to stand up for them.

Louise Brown, director of PARC commented on the launch, “As a teacher and a parent, I believe it is as important as it ever was for us to work together to unlock the potential of Black children and youth. Our hope is that this newly formed group will allow teachers to share knowledge, tips and advice with parents in a supportive environment.”

For more information about PARC and/or the West London Black Teachers Hub, contact Louise at info@parentsactionresource.org.uk.

For more information about the Walter Rodney Foundation, visit the website: https://www.walterrodneyfoundation.org/

 

 

Tell It creative workshop gives West London children opportunity to create their own short film

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During the October half term, PARC worked with author Nathaniel Tomlinson and film-maker St. Child to provide a three-day creative writing and film-making workshop at Northolt Village Community Centre. Children aged between 8 and 12, along with their parents, explored characterisation, film-making and editing to create short films based on their personal stories.

Eight year old Melody said, “I really liked it and it is very interesting. Lovely amazing filming.”

Eleven year old Taylor said, “It was even more fun when we were able to do the editing.”

Ade Banjoko, chair of PARC, commented on the aims of the workshop, “We wanted to provide children with an opportunity to challenge negative stereotypes concerning Black children and youth and tell their own very personal stories about life in London.”

Get Out and Empower sessions focus on action

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PARC and Conclusions launched their first Get Out and Empower session at London Metropolitan University on Saturday 1st June 2019. Using the powerful film by Jordan Peele, Get Out as a discussion point, event participants discussed the key issues that the Black community face today. Participants came together to discuss solutions they can address in their respective areas.

Among the talking points were: self-care for parents, suggestions for improving the current curriculum, mental health awareness and unconscious bias training for teachers.

Watch this space for news of the new Get Out and Empower session so you can get involved in creating change.

Celebrating our sisters – International Women’s Day 2019

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Marcia Steele sharing tips on navigating the education system

 

PARC celebrated International Women’s Day 2019 with an event focused on women together creating change in education on Saturday 10th March 2019 at Park Lane Primary School in Wembley.

This event was organised by PARC in order to celebrate the positive work of Black parents and teachers who have worked to create better educational outcomes for children and youth. The session included a number of workshops such as the role of unconscious bias with a focus on girls and successfully navigating the education system as well as a workshop on how to support your child with special educational needs.

Parents need to work together

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Stella Dadzie shares experience with parents at LMU

Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi (It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten)
During last Saturday’s education event at London Metropolitan University, education activist and author Stella Dadzie shared valuable insights with a new generation of parents, saying one of the lessons to learn from previous struggles in education is to make common cause with those who have similar objectives. With most people owning a smartphone, it was suggested that parents also need to use this and other new technologies to widen the reach of this communication and link with the whole African diaspora. This would enable Black parents to gain a clearer picture of the context within which Black children and young people are prevented from achieving their potential not just in the UK but around the world. Furthermore, it was highlighted that there is a need to come together whilst accepting the differences. Dadzie added that there is also a need for parents to be better informed as effective action is informed action. This ties in well with one of PARC’s key aims: to provide information and advice free of cost to parents.  Parents also raised issues regarding parenting skills and received some tips on good practice as well as advice on the need to have dialogue with teachers.

London Met and PARC host education workshop for parents of Black children and young people

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London Met and the Parents Action and Resource Centre (PARC) invites parents, carers, teachers and all those  who are interested in sharing best practice around improving educational success for Black children and young people to its Helping your child achieve greater success workshop on Saturday 24 November. The workshop will provide advice and information on how to build resilience, improve parent-school interactions and learn from past experiences in addressing inequality in education.

PARC chair, Ade Banjoko, comments, “The Akan principle of Sankofa will be our guide as the event will take a look at past struggles for equality in education to learn lessons and offer solutions to today’s problems.”

The workshop, which is a collaboration between grassroots parents group Parents Action and Resource Centre and London Met, will run from 1pm to 5pm with speakers including Stella Dadzie, co-founder of Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent and author of Heart of the Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain. PARC will also provide a free children’s programme for children aged from 7 to 11 years.

To register for the event, Click here

For more information about the event, email: info@parentsactionresource.org.uk

Website: www.parentsactionresource.org.uk

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Andrews calls Black people to reclaim radicalism

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Is Black radicalism what we think it is? Kehinde Andrews launched his new book, Back to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century at Tottenham’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Thursday 16 August.  Andrews joined actor, playwright and director, Kwame Kwei-Armah around a small coffee table on the stage and took the audience on a journey through the book – a history of Black radical politics, interspersed with lively questions and answers.  

Throughout the evening, Andrews handled a wide array of questions on how to deal with the issues that Black people face in the UK – including one that came up a number of times in different forms: how can we realistically tackle the challenges that face a group of people divided along lines of faith, ethnic group and class? His answer was Black radicalism, an ideology which does not necessitate that we erase our differences but rather one around which we can come together.  

Andrews stressed that the problems we face today are not specific to the UK but are a result of capitalism. The way to address them is by overturning capitalism and building organisations. He gave the example of the Birmingham-based Harambee Organisation of Black Youth, a group he founded to focus practically on issues facing the local community. 

One of Andrew’s key messages, which essentially is a key message of the book, is that we have to build organisations here, where we are, using Black radicalism as defined in the latter part of his book, as an ideology.