Key Voices #69 – How to deepen engagement with the parent community with David Sammels

“I’m really excited about the fact that families have caught up with their children and with each other.”

This week we talk to David Sammels, Headteacher at Mayflower Community Academy. We discuss the impact remote working and learning has had on staff and pupils. 

Dave shares his “5 waves” of parental engagement and explains how Mayflower has developed its own communication channels with parents during school closure. This includes a daily newsletter, a daily livestream on Twitter called “Tea at Two'' where the community can come together to discuss issues, and online courses for parents delivered by staff to help them support their children.

You can see examples of Mayflower Community Academy’s daily Covid-19 newsletters here

Follow @DavidSammels and @Mayflower_MCA for more details about the “Tea at Two” sessions as well as other things we discuss in the podcast.  

This interview was recorded in late April 2020

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