Newberries: Hertfordshire’s first school to be awarded Investor in Parents status

    Published: 20 May 2015

    Newberries Primary School in Radlett is the first school in Hertfordshire to be awarded Investor in Parents status by Herts for Learning, the UK’s largest Schools Company.

    Launched in April 2015, Investor in Parents has been introduced to highlight schools that are committed to, and are actively involved in, engaging with parents. Schools applying for the status need to evidence a range of activities or programmes that they have adopted and which are having a demonstrable impact on a child’s learning as a result of working in partnership with parents.

    Three status levels are available; bronze, silver and gold, with Newberries Primary School being awarded bronze status for their involvement in Parent2Parent, an innovative new programme developed by Herts for Learning for parents.  Parent2Parent explores how teachers motivate children, lifts the lid on some useful teaching techniques and demonstrates how these can be incorporated into family life through manageable and practical examples.

    Commenting on the award, Headteacher at Newberries Primary School, Anna Traxon said, “We are delighted to have been awarded with Investor in Parents status, and to be the first school in Hertfordshire to receive the accolade. Schools working in partnership with parents in the learning process can potentially improve pupil outcomes, so it is important to us that we harness this important area of influence and support parents to support their child’s learning.

    Headteacher at Newberries Primary School , Anna Traxon (right) being presented with the schools’ Investor in Parents certificate by Carole Bennett (left), Herts for Learning

    The feedback from parents participating in the Parent2Parent programme has been really positive and we are looking forward to further developing this in the future and to achieving the next status level.”

    Also commenting on the award, Head of Business Development at Herts for Learning, Carole Bennett said, “National research has repeatedly demonstrated that parents and carers are the most influential factor in the long-term academic success of their children. In response to the evidence and to recognise schools that are actively engaged in working with parents, Investor in Parents has been introduced and schools are able to apply for the status, as long as they meet the criteria set out for each status level.

    It is fantastic that Newberries Primary School has been awarded Investor in Parents status so soon after launch, but this is testament to the great work that is being undertaken at the school and the success of the Parent2Parent programme.”

    For further information on Herts for Learning, Investor in Parents or Parent2Parent: