Supported by a grant from the DfES April 2005
Supported by a grant from the DfES April 2005
Welcome to the first e-newsletter from
TSA’s Parenting 8-11’s project! Why is TSA running this project?
You may recall, several months ago, that you TSA has long worked in the field of supporting
asked to be put on our email Network list to parents of adolescents. We currently have a
receive this free newsletter. wide range of projects underway, some of
[To unsubscribe at any time email Morna which will be described in these email
Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org] newsletters. We were delighted to get a grant
from the DfES for this project, to support
What’s the ‘Parenting 8-11s’ project practitioners working with parents of 8-11
about? TSA’s ‘Parenting 8-11s’ project is year-olds. We hope you find it useful!
funded by a Family Support Grant from the
DfES. The project aims to support Contents
practitioners in the following ways:
Introduction Pages 2 + 3
Organising and running an Email
Network, through which this e- Research Page 4
newsletter will be distributed
Running conferences and workshops Working with parents Page 5
in various locations in England
Writing and disseminating a ‘Toolkit’ Resources Page 6
for practitioners working in this area.
Forthcoming TSA Conferences Page 7
The TSA staff working on this project are Debi
Roker (Project Manager), Julie Shepherd What’s coming in the next issue Page 7
(Research Officer), Louise Cox (Research
Assistant) and Morna Lane (Administrator). If Useful organisations Page 8
you have any queries or comments the main
person to contact is Julie at Noticeboard Pages 9 +10
Who’s in the Network? We’ve been
advertising this project very widely over the
last few months. The Network membership
has now grown to over 200 people. This is
mainly practitioners, all working with parents
of 8-11 year olds. There’s been a lot of
enthusiasm about this Network, as a way of
exchanging information, ideas, and good
practice between those who are working to
support parents of 8-11 year-olds - particularly
around the transition to secondary school.
What’s in this newsletter? Research with practitioners
As you will see, this newsletter contains a As part of this project TSA will be carrying out
range of information for practitioners working telephone interviews with 30 practitioners
with parents of 8-11 year olds. Topics working with parents of 8-11s. The interviews
covered in this issue include parents’ views aim to find out more about what information
on what makes a good group facilitator, and support practitioners would like. We’ll ask
current research with parents and about the conferences and workshops that we
practitioners, and forthcoming TSA events plan to run, the issues to include in the
and resources. There is also a Noticeboard Toolkit, and feedback and suggestions for the
section which is for you, as members, to email newsletter. If you are particularly
share information with the rest of the email interested in taking part in the interviews
Network. This can be brief information about please contact Julie Shepherd at
your project or a request for information from email@example.com
other members. We will of course revise and
develop the format of the newsletter, following We will also be emailing some people on the
feedback from you. Network list, to see if they’ll speak to us – of
course participation is entirely voluntary.
The Trust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA)
TSA was founded in1989 to help improve the lives of young people and families.
We believe that there’s a lack of knowledge and understanding about adolescence and young
adulthood. We’re trying to close this gap through
doing applied research
providing training and projects that develop professional practice
producing publications for parents, professionals and young people
influencing policy-makers, service providers and public opinion.
Contact us at: Trust for the Study of Adolescence, 23 New Road, Brighton, BN1 1WZ, UK
Tel: 01273 693311. Website: www.tsa.uk.com
Julie Shepherd and Debi Roker, TSA
The needs of parents during TSA therefore did some research into this
their child’s move to secondary topic, to find out more about what was
school happening. Altogether 125 projects took part,
either by completing a questionnaire or being
interviewed. The review looked at:
TSA recently carried out research, into the
needs of parents during their child’s move to
secondary school. This research was funded The type of organisations providing
by a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian transitions support
Foundation. The research looked at four How the projects were funded
broad questions: Whether they were just for children or
were for parents too
What are parents’ experiences of The type of support available, such as
parenting 9-11 year olds? How do they one-to-one, groupwork, mentoring,
see the parent-child relationship peer support
changing during the transition to Whether projects were run in
secondary school? collaboration with others, and if so
What are the parents’ views, who
expectations and concerns about their Which materials/resources the
child’s move to secondary school? projects used, and whether the
What information, advice and support projects evaluated their work.
do children and parents receive at this
time, in relation to the transition? All of these questions were answered in our
What more (if anything) would parents review. The results were very interesting, and
like, and in what format(s)? have been widely used by practitioners and
The research involved focus groups with 20
children from Year 6 and Year 7, and Please email Julie Shepherd at
individual interviews with 58 parents of Year 6 firstname.lastname@example.org for a free copy of the
and Year 7 children. There were lots of summary.
interesting and useful findings from this study.
If you’d like a copy of the project summary
please email Julie Shepherd at
A UK–wide review of transition
to secondary school projects
TSA organised its first ‘transitions’ conference
2001. It was clear from this event that many
people were doing transitions work with
children and parents. At that time there was
no sense of the range of support being
offered, how they were funded, and what sort
of issues were faced by projects.
What parents say makes a Confidentiality – what’s said stays in
good group facilitator the group
They know the names of your children
and what’s happening
Working in groups has become an Feel able to talk about self and how it
increasingly popular way to work with parents. feels as a parent ie offer some
The skills that group workers use to facilitate counselling, 1-1 work when a crisis
the groups, are an essential part of occurs.
determining the success of the group.
FROM Elliott A, Lindfield S and Cusick J,
Colleagues in TSA’s ‘parenting and youth 2002 – Parents’ Views. Brighton: Trust for the
justice project’ asked parents for their views Study of Adolescence
on what makes a good parenting group
facilitator. Here’s what they said:
Being a good listener
Engaging parents, particularly those who are
Looking interested ‘hard to reach’, can often seem like a
Remembering (what’s been said by a daunting task. I was at a workshop run by
parent – referring back to it) Doro Marden from Parentline Plus in March
Body language (paying attention – this year. It was part of Young Voice’s
active listening) conference ‘Help I’m 11’.
Doro asked everyone in the room how they
Having a positive approach engaged parents. A whole range of
Relaxed, calm and in control responses were provided by the practitioners
Welcoming – and offering coffee/tea involved in the workshop. These included
Knowing what they are talking about ie things like running sessions in schools,
what’s usual teenage behaviour, how running sessions anywhere but schools,
to set boundaries with young people introducing food and drinks, doing home visits
Having been through it themselves and working at weekends (particularly to
(they know what it’s like) engage dads). Within that forum everyone
Being supportive was really interested to hear how others did it
Having a laugh and what worked and didn’t work.
We’d really like to hear from you about how
Not judging negatively you engage parents. Please send your brief
responses (max 50 words) to Julie at
Not talking down to you
email@example.com . We will include a
Establishing rules for the group (so it
feature about engaging parents in the
feels safe to talk)
summer edition of this e-newsletter.
The group gives some of the feeling of Julie Shepherd
a positive family (as actual family may
or may not be supportive) – can talk
about family issues
behavioral problems such as not going to
Resources and training school or offending. Parallel Lines is a
materials companion programme for working with
young people to explore the issues from the
young person’s viewpoint. Price £118.00.
TSA sells a very wide range of resources for Reduced to £82.62 on orders placed before
practitioners, parents and young people, 31st May 2005
through its Publications Department. These
resources cover many topic areas, including
parenting and families, communication and The transition to secondary
counselling, health and emotional well-being, school
sex and relationships, social issues, and
youth justice. Some are written by TSA staff,
whilst others are from other organisations. Moving Up: Help for parents and carers of
Below are some of these publications, which children changing schools (North
you may find useful. Derbyshire Childcare Clubs Network, 2003).
This booklet offers support and help to
parents and their children during the transition
General parenting teenagers from primary to secondary school. Age range
resources 10-11 years. Price £4.00
Going Up! The No-Worries guide to
secondary school This guide is aimed at
Teenagers in the Family: Skills for parents children and young people and covers all the
(John Coleman, TSA and Dawson Films things that they might be worried about in
2001) Funded by the Family Policy Unit, this relation to going up to secondary school.
video is suitable for anyone working with Price £5.99
parents and young people. It aims to help
parents to understand teenage behaviour and For more information or to view the on-line
development. Price £23.50 (45 min video with catalogue you can visit our website at
accompanying booklet) www.tsa.uk.com To place an order email
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Nadine
The Parenting Teenagers Programme Tomkins, the Publications Manager on 01273
(Michael and Terri Quinn, Family Caring 647333.
Trust, 1998)– a pack including video,
handbook and leader’s guide provides a six There are special discounts of 30% on some
week community programme for parents’ parenting titles, please email the publications
groups. Price: Parent’s handbook £5.95, team for more information.
Leader’s Guide £7.95 and Video (66 mins)
ESCAPE and Parallel Lines (Carole
Pickburn, TSA, 2003) – ESCAPE is a
groupwork programme and can also be used
in individual work with families. It explores
behaviour, attitudes, and responses, and is
fun. It helps parents and young people find a
way to deal with problems and live together. It
is particularly suitable for dealing with
18 May: Supporting parents and children For more details please contact Karen Wraith,
during the transition to secondary TSA’s Conference Administrator on 01273
school, Cardiff 771249 or by email at email@example.com
9 June: Adolescent health, London
13 June: Youth Voice – Consultation, peer
support, and participation,
20 Sept: Young people and sexual health,
3 Nov: Supporting parents and children
during the transition to secondary
In the summer edition of the email newsletter there’ll be:
A summary of the evaluation of the National Pyramid Trust’s (NPT) transitions
More information on engaging parents
More details of new conferences and publications
Useful information in the Noticeboard section.
If you have anything to add to the Noticeboard please email Julie at
Advisory Centre for Education National Family & Parenting Institute
0808 800 5793 (General advice line 2-5pm 020 7424 3460
Mon-Fri) Freephone education advice line. Website: www.nfpi.org (main website)
Website: www.ace-ed.org.uk includes link to Parents Services Directory
www.e-parents.org - offers information and
Anti-bullying campaign 020 7378 1446 support and ‘agony aunt’
Helps parents combat the problem of bullying.
Gives telephone advice to parents and One Parent Families 020 7428 5400
children. Offers information, advice and has
publications for lone parent families.
Contact a Family 0808 808 3555 Website: www.oneparentfamilies.org.uk
Provides information, advice and support to
families with a disabled child. Parentline Plus Tel: 0808 800 2222
Website: www.cafamily.org.uk Textphone: 0800 783 6783
Has a 24 hour helpline for parents.
The Department for Education & Skills Website: www.parentlineplus.org.uk
(DfES) A DfES resource for parents.
Website: www.parentcentre.gov.uk Talk to Frank 0800 776600 (formerly
National Drugs Helpline)
FPA (Family Planning Association) For information and advice about drugs.
0845 310 1334 Has a 24 hour helpline.
Freephone helpline on all aspects of sexual Website: www.talktofrank.com
and reproductive health.
Website: www.fpa.org.uk Trust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA)
Fathers Direct 020 7920 9491 Carries out research, training, & produces
A resource for fathers and those who work publications for parents & those working with
with fathers. young people & families.
Website: www.fathersdirect.com Website: www.tsa.uk.com
FFLAG 01454 852418 (central helpline) Tulip 0151 637 6363
Information and support for parents of A support group for parents who are
lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. experiencing or have experienced violence
Website: www.fflag.org.uk from their children.
Gingerbread 020 7488 9300 or
0800 018 4318 (advice line) Young Minds 0800 018 2138
Information and support for lone parents. Freephone telephone helpline for parents
Website: www.gingerbread.org.uk worried about the emotional well being of their
National Council for Voluntary Child Care Website: www.youngminds.org.uk
Has some useful links on its website.
Parenting Education & Support Forum
(PESF) 020 7284 8370
The national umbrella body for people who
work with parents.
LEAP Transition Programme at the
This section is for you to share Enfield Family Centre
information. This might be about
projects, the services you provide, any
LEAP stands for Learning, Experiencing,
publications you want to recommend, or
Applying and Progressing. It is a joint project
information about training courses and
between Enfield Parents & Children and
events. Here’s some information that
Edmonton Education Action Zone (EAZ). It is
people have already sent in:
funded by the Neighborhood Renewal Fund.
The project supports non-statemented
The New Learning Centre, London, identified children, who may be emotionally
NW6 – Introductory Talks for vulnerable and may experience difficulties
coping with the move from primary to
Parents secondary school. These children may be at
School Action level. The project works in
When children are at their best, it is easy to
partnership with schools in the EAZ area.
enjoy them and appreciate them. However,
For further details please contact:
when they are defiant or withdrawn, we know
how easy it is to get wound up, to argue
Pauline Walker - Project Coordinator or Lynne
back, threaten, nag and shout. McKinstry - Transition Mentor on 020 8807
6577, or email
By learning our Calmer, Easier, Happier firstname.lastname@example.org
Parenting methods, parents can break this
negative cycle, and children can become
more co-operative, confident and self-reliant.
Our approach is solution-oriented. Family Links – The Nurturing
The New Learning Centre provide regular
introductory talks on a range of topics. The Family Links offers a four-day training course
talks are interactive, friendly and fun. The for community professionals (health visitors,
following talks are coming up: social workers, school nurses, etc.) in the use
of the Nurturing Programme. The training
The Six Step Method, Getting back in offers a thorough introduction to the principles
charge - 5th May at 7.30-9.30 pm and practice of the Nurturing Programme for
anyone working with parents and carers. The
Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children approach particularly emphasises the
23rd May at 7.30-9.30 pm importance of facilitative approaches, both in
group work and one-to-one support.
Reducing Sibling Squabbles
16th June at 7.30-9.30 pm The Nurturing Programme aims to improve
the emotional health of both parents and
All talks cost £10. For more info or to children. The training reflects the Four
reserve a place, call 020 7794 0321 or email Constructs on which the Programme is based:
email@example.com. appropriate expectations, self-awareness and
self-esteem, positive discipline and - the
Also see the website www.tnlc.info cornerstone of the Programme - empathy,
tuning in to someone else’s feelings.
The training is held in Oxford. The next
available training dates are:
13/14 & 23/24 June 2005 Request for Information
22/23 & 29/30 September 2005
17/18 & 24/25 November 2005
Setting Up & Running Bridging
The cost is £480 per person, accommodation
not included. Units
Contact Family Links on 01865 401800 or I’m a science teacher in a secondary school
firstname.lastname@example.org for more in Telford. I’m going to be setting up and
information or to book a place. running a series of bridging projects
throughout the summer and into next year. I
am looking for any information, resources or
advice anyone could give that would help me
DfES website – School information do this.
made accessible for parents from
minority ethnic groups Thanks very much - Tiffany Corbett
email@example.com tel: 01952 223 257
A new multi-language DVD is available, which
explains the English secondary school
system, and the role parents can play in Developing a Code of Practice for
supporting their children. The DVD deals with
a range of common issues, including
understanding the language of school reports,
Moray Council are developing a Code of
and how the English school systems differs
Practice to cover the four key
from schools in other parts of the world.
transition areas: home to nursery, nursery to
primary, primary to secondary, secondary to
The DVD can be viewed through the DfES
post school. We would be interested to hear
website, and is available in five languages -
from other authorities who have done any
English, Sylheti, Somali, Urdu and Turkish.
development work in this area and would be
There are also accompanying factsheets,
willing to share information. If you are able to
which explain about homework, and how
help please contact:
parents can help their children learn at home.
To access the DVD and the factsheets go to
Development Officer (ASN)
www.dfes.gov.uk and type in ‘multi-language
dvd’ in the ‘search’ option. Then click on
tel: 01343 563332
‘accessibility DVD – parents centre’.
The DVD has been compiled by London
Challenge with input from London’s African
and African Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Somali,
Pakistani, Turkish, Turkish-Kurdish, and
Turkish Cypriot communities.
If you would like to include something
in the next newsletter please email it to
firstname.lastname@example.org Because of
space limitations we ask that you keep
any information brief, around 100
words – please note we may also need
to edit it.