FIFTEEN Ellesmere Port schools have signed up to a two-year programme designed to improve relationships with pupils and their families.

The National Family Partnership Award provides a framework so schools can address the effectiveness of their work with families and any gaps in current provision.

Working closely with parents, carers and other family members the self-evaluation framework covers six thematic aspects relating to family partnership working including ethos, vision and policy; leadership, management and co-ordination; communication and information sharing; partnership in practice; early intervention and effectiveness.

Developed through the Boost Education Partnership Ellesmere Port – a collaborative partnership of 28 schools, four children’s centres and one further education college in the town, the award will take up to two years to achieve.

Partnership chairman Martin Nield said: “The primary role of Boost is to create an environment in which schools and members work in partnership to improve outcomes for all within a culture of trust and innovation.”

Cllr Mark Stocks, executive member for children and young people’s services, said: “A number of the schools which have signed up to this project work closely with us through the family pilot within the town which helps us to identify needs, and offer support at a much earlier stage to pupils and families.”

Schools working towards this award over the next two years are William Stockton, Elton, Wolverham, The Oaks, Hinderton, Westminster, Rivacre Valley, The Acorns, Meadow, Childer Thornton, St Bernard’s, Parklands, Sutton Green and Christ Church primary schools, and UCE Academy.