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Leading Parent Partnership Award – LPPA


What is the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA)?

The Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) is a nationally recognised award achievable by schools who work closely with families of its pupils. It makes our work with families better, improves communication and builds more activities for families in school.  The assessment is made by an external advisor. 

What does the school have to do to achieve the award?

The school has had to work towards meeting the nine evidence-based objectives below to achieve the award.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to work towards achieving the LPPA
  • Make and implement effective plans to achieve and maintain the LPPA
  • Show the school is a welcoming, communicative and friendly place for parents
  • Promote the awareness and participation of all groups of parents/carers in supporting their children’s learning and developing their own learning. In addition, the school holds and actively promotes a programme of opportunities and events for joint parent and child participation
  • Provide a good induction for all new parents/carers
  • Provide parents/carers with relevant and user-friendly guidance and information to help them to support their children’s learning
  • Produce and implement parent-friendly policies to establish effective home–school links and to improve children’s attendance, punctuality, progress and positive participation in school
  • Provide good support for all parents as their children move through or leave the school
  • Summarise our achievements against the LPPA objectives and outlines our future plans

Each term, the LPPA working party had to meet to work through each of the nine objectives and collate evidence for the school portfolio.

Research shows that when parents/carer are involved, children do better and achieve more.  Parents, carers and family members are by far the most important influences on their child's lives. By becoming involved in the life of your child's school you can show your child that their education is important to you.

What difference does it make to the work with families we already do at The Willows School Academy Trust?

It will get better!  We are always striving to improve at the academy and by working towards this award will help us develop the things we already do.

The benefits for children are:

  • It is easier for children to learn when they get encouragement at home.
  • They will do better and achieve more when their parents are involved.
  • Their concerns can be sorted out quicker when their parents have a positive relationship with school staff.
  • They are happy when their parents are enjoying events in the school.

When children see their parents or other family members getting involved in the school, it:

  • Shows them you are interested in what the school is doing.
  • Allows them to see that you value what they are learning.
  • Gives them a sense of security.
  • Helps them to learn about good citizenship from your example.

The benefits for parents are:                 

  • Their children do better when they are involved.
  • They are better able to help and encourage their children.
  • They have more information about their child's education.
  • Parents can build their own confidence and skills.
  • When there is a positive relationship between parents and their child's school, the benefits are all-round.
  • Parents get reassurance that their children are receiving a good education.

 Parents will also:

  • Get to know the teachers and other parents.
  • Gain a better understanding of how the school works.
  • See how their child relates to other children and teachers.
  • Be setting a good example to young people.
  • Have the satisfaction of knowing that they are making a contribution to the school and to their and other children's learning.

The benefits for school are:

  • Parents have ideas about how the school can best support their children.
  • Staff have people with whom they can talk over ideas and get help when developing plans for the school.
  • Parents can give advice and help to reach other parents.
  • The school will develop a better understanding of parents and the community.

What can families do to help The Willows School  Academy Trust maintain the award?

Read all newsletters and publicity we send out

  • Come along to our events if you can
  • Complete any questionnaires or surveys we send out as honestly as you can.
  • Come and speak with us directly if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.

Our Parent Partnership Committee supports the school in mantaining the objectives of the LPPA.

 The Willows Academy will be rassessed for the award in September 2022.

We will keep you informed about our progress and look forward to seeing you at our family events, workshops etc.

What difference will the award make to the work done with families at The Willows School Academy Trust?

It will make our work with families even better.  It will improve our communication and build more activities for families in school.  As you know we are always trying to improve and completing this award will help us do that!

How can families help us gain the award?

  • Read all information that we send out
  • Come along to events we organize if you are able
  • Complete any questionnaires we send out as honestly as you can

There is a LPPA working party who will meet regularly to work on their action plan and gather the evidence needed to gain the award.

We will keep you up-to-date of our progress!

Thank you for your support!



 If you have any questions you can contact Debbie Downie on the school office number: 0208 841 7176 or Email: