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AFA - Achievement for all

Achievement for All



We at Dorothy Barley Infants and Nursery School are engaged with a family support programme called Achievement for All (AFA).  This initiative is designed to enable parents and school to work more closely together to support children and their needs.  


Time For Talk


One of the ways we can support families is by giving families a ‘Time for Talk’ conversation.  The ‘Time for Talk’ is a longer parent meeting to give us time to really listen to you and what your needs are for your child.  This time can be a discussion for not just academic issues but for more personal issues that may be a barrier to your child’s learning.  This can come in many guises such as a bereavement, substance abuse within the family, unruly teenage siblings or relatives, job loss, or support with parenting skills. 


The process of choosing families to be part of the Time for Talk program usually happens in the Early Years and then each class teacher carries on the program until the end of Year Two. 


Quality Mark


We are proud to announce that Dorothy Barley Infants have received the Quality Mark Award for our work in Achievement for All.  Louise Cudd, the Regional Director for AfA presented the award to Staff and a few of our many parents who are involved.  Thank you to all the families and staff that has made this possible.  Our commitment to working together is one of the aspects that makes our school great.  






Coffee Mornings


Another AfA aspect in our school is the half termly coffee mornings.  This is open to ALL parents.  During these informal meetings we discuss issues in which we can help each other.  We also plan trips to take together with the children.  So far, we have been to the Natural History Museum and Stratford Park.  We are also working together to help raise money for our school.  Look out for future dates in the newsletter, website and posters around the school


Baby and Toddler Group


Following the success of the pre-nursery Play to Learn workshops last summer we are now starting a Baby and Toddler Group to be called Little Dots’.   This group will meet once a half term and is for the younger siblings of our DBI students.  We will have a theme each session and like the coffee mornings discuss issues that affect our very youngest (and future DBI!) children.   Look out for dates in the newsletter and website.


Thank you to all the families that attended our first 'Little Dots' meeting.  We had such a fabulous turn out that we will need to relocate to the hall so we can have more room to Move and Groove.  We played with balls, scarves, and crinkly silver foil.  We had lots of fun hiding and playing peek-a-boo.    Look out for dates for our next meeting and prepare to get MESSY!

AfA Coffee Mornings and Trips

Making Potato Cutlets and Samosas

How to Support Over Tired Children After School