Community and Family Engagement

The Equality and Diversity Community team can provide additional support alongside school core support and other mainstream services in order to improve the engagement, attendance and attainment of children, young people and their families.

Access and Engagement Team members provide information and advice on education for parents and carers, including admissions, educational grants and benefits, extended holidays, promotion of school events, further and higher education, special educational needs, exclusions and behaviour issues. Programmed Education Advice Surgeries are offered each week at the premises of community organisations in Nelson, Brierfield and Burnley.

Please see attached flyer for details


School Access and Attendance

Our Access Officer and Community Education Liaison Officers can provide additional support to help schools and families secure positive outcomes for pupils around issues such as:

Communication and cultural barriers
Parent meetings
Encouraging parents to be involved in school life
Extended holidays
Unauthorised absence
School admissions and appeals
Liaising with organisations and agencies
Pupils with barriers to learning
Behaviour issues

Work with Other Agencies

The team also works closely with other agencies to support their efforts to deliver services to minority ethnic communities. Partner agencies include the Pupil Attendance Support Team; Pupil Access Team; Pupil Referral Units; Young Peoples Service; the Prevention, Early Help and Wellbeing service; Early Years settings; Social Services; FE Colleges, Police and health providers.