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Parents set new goals

Parents from Monteagle School in Dagenham have taken part in a unique programme designed to help build self-esteem, understand the keys to success and encourage positive outcomes (@BarkingCollege). 

The course, which was organised and run by Barking & Dagenham College in collaboration with the school, was set up after staff realised that the pandemic had really impacted not just the children but parents too.  It was designed to specifically support parents as they move forward to find their new normal post-Covid.   

The free course gave parents the time they needed for themselves and supported them to learn how to develop the skills to get more of what you want from life and less of what you don’t! 

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The participants focused on aspects such as mind-set, motivation and the importance of improving self-esteem. They were also encouraged to visualise positive outcomes and take positive steps in planning their future.    

It was a huge success, with all parents feeling they had gained so much from attending. In fact, the parents enjoyed the course so much that they have now decided to set up their own parent support group, called ‘Pluck’ (Parents making their own luck) and are encouraging other parents to join them.

Parent, Bonnie Nelson said:

“We found the course unbelievably supportive. It has connected me to an amazing and inspiring group of parents and I can’t wait to see where we are in two years.” 

Another parent added: “I’ve learnt a lot. I feel more confident thanks to the course and I think everyone needs to do it.”  

Jackie Hadley, Head of Adult Community Learning & Outreach at Barking & Dagenham College said:

“We were delighted to be able to offer parents this course.  The pandemic has been hard for everyone and a lot of parents just need the space to be able to think about what they want to do next.  This course gave them that space and we were delighted to work with Monteagle School to offer them it.”   

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