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The Engage Programme


Our Engage Programme improves educational outcomes and life chances for children and young people.  We bridge the gap between home and school aiding improved attendance, attainment, behaviour and wellbeing.

Working in Primary and Secondary Schools in Suffolk, Senior Practitioners work with pastoral teams and link with external agencies to increase and improve support networks for pupils and families.

We work with the pupil and their family/carers to address issues and support them to work through the barriers so they can be in school, on time, ready to learn and ready to achieve.

Taking on an advocacy and championing role the team use solution focussed techniques to help create a tailored support plan, comprising of 1:1 sessions, small group workshops, home visits and parenting programmes.

The Engage Programme incorporates the delivery of Ormiston Families Parental Presence Programme spanned over 10 weeks to groups of up to 12 parents and carers with each session lasting 2 hours. This course introduces the concept of Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) and how it can help parents increase their presence in the family. 

Why Ormiston Families?

'Parental involvement in the form of 'at home good parenting' has a significant positive effect on children's achievement'. Desforges. 2003, Review of Best Practice in Parental Engagement,  DfE 2011.

The role of charities working in schools is to address inequalities and improve the social mobility of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping to close the attainment gap between vulnerable students and their peers.  Given the entrenched nature of such inequalities, there is a great need for the kind of innovation and creativity which programmes such as Engage embody.

As a charity we have over 30 years' experience in accessing and supporting those families that are seen as "hard to reach". This includes Gypsy and Traveller communities, families affected by imprisonment, and victims of domestic abuse. We are seen as an impartial face and this often gives us the flexibility to engage effectively with parents from a position that is trusted.

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“The support is tailored to specific needs, sensitive to each context and provides a vital bridge between the home and the academy.  This initiative has transformed the life chances of our students - I have no hesitation on recommending it for your consideration.”

Kevin Sadler, CEO of the Gateway Learning Community, Thurrock 

“The Engage Programme is making a real difference to our vulnerable students.  Our Ormiston Families Engage Senior Practitioner is a pleasure to work with, expert in her field and a consummate professional.”
Joan Costello, Principle, Ormiston Rivers Academy, Burnham-on-Crouch


For further information on how the Engage Programme could be implemented in your school, please contact us below

T: 01473 724 517
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