All schools want to consistently improve their standards and focus on getting the best outcomes for children. The Family and Childcare Trust understands the unique challenges schools face to support pupils and involve their parents in their children's learning. The Trust’s Families First Quality Award scheme can help you understand and improve your engagement with the children in your classes, their parents and carers, and your own staff.
The accreditation gives schools a clear framework to raise standards across the board, and helps you gather evidence for your next Ofsted inspection. Working with the support of an assessor, you will build a portfolio of evidence that will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. This will make sure that your schools have effective communication with your pupils, parents and carers.
As part of Family and Childcare Trust's status as NAHT's Charity of the Year, NAHT members that start the Award by the end of the summer term will be able to pay a special rate for the award.
Kim Johnson, NAHT’s president, said: “We are delighted to partner with the Family and Childcare Trust this year to encourage NAHT schools to become more focused on the whole family. My role as Principal of Bradfields Academy has assured me of the importance of parental engagement. I firmly believe that supporting parents and schools to become more involved in the educational process as well as striving for excellence in information sharing will enhance children’s outcomes.”
Hundreds of schools have undertaken the Award so far, and schools that apply for the Award as a chain or cluster of four or more will each be eligible for a further discount.
To register your interest click here, or for more information about how you can get started on the Families First Quality Award, contact Will Tucker on 020 7940 7521 or email William@familyandchildcaretrust.org.
Find out more about the Families First Quality Award here.
What is the Families First Quality Award?
The Families First Quality Award is a national quality assurance process and quality improvement tool designed to help keep families at the heart of your practice and help you to provide gold standard information.
The award was first developed by NAFIS in conjunction with the then Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) in 2006 as a tool to measure the effectiveness of a local authority Family Information Service (FIS) and demonstrate how it meets statutory obligations in the Childcare Act 2006 (Information Duty Section 12). With the help of Suffolk County Council, this was later expanded to include schools. Other iterations of the award also focus on children's centres, and meeting the SEND Code of Practice 2014.
Who does it recognise?
The Families First Quality Award recognises organisations that demonstrate excellence in providing information, advice and assistance to local families.
The various standards that make up the award are designed so that local commissioning or organisational requirements can easily be evidenced.
The Families First Quality Award is available for:
- Children’s Centres
- Local Authority Family Information Services (including SEND standards)
- SEND for schools
How do you achieve the award?
The award is a competence-based assessment carried out by an accredited Families First Assessor. Your assessor will work with your organisation, its staff and the families you work with to identify evidence that demonstrates competence against the individual elements of the standards. Your assessor will also help you identify what is working well and where you might improve.
Page Published: 17/01/2017