Fathers' Friday at Westfield School
Westfield School is organising a Fathers' Friday on Friday February 8, as part of Bath & North East Somerset Council's Celebrating Fatherhood campaign.
Fathers and other male role models in children's lives, such as grandfathers, uncles and step dads, will be coming in to school for the day and taking part in lessons with the children.
Fathers' Fridays are part of the Celebrating Fatherhood campaign, which recognises the important role of fathers and male role models in children's lives. It is being run by Bath & North East Somerset Council and other organisations on behalf of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for us to get to know some of the dads and male role models involved in our pupils' lives, and for them to come and experience a school day," said deputy headteacher, Hannah Maggs. "This is a good time for us as it is just before half-term, and an ideal chance to reflect on what the children have been learning so far this year."
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Councillor Dine Romero (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Bath & North East Somerset Council's Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: "One of Bath & North East Somerset Council's key objectives is to ensure children enjoy their childhood and are well prepared for adult life.
"Evidence shows that fathers, and other male role models, have a big impact on the quality of children's lives – including boosting confidence and self-esteem, as well as benefiting their progress educationally. It's clear that there is real value in having a specific invitation for fathers through things like Fathers' Fridays, which are something we'd love to see developed further in the future."
Last year over 1,000 men attended two Fathers' Fridays held at schools across Bath and North East Somerset in June, with most schools holding events around Fathers' Day. Westfield delayed its event, but the school is expecting a good turnout this week.
27 local schools, children's centres and nurseries were involved, and research carried out by Bath University showed that Fathers' Fridays were successful in terms of the number of fathers involved – which exceeded expectations everywhere – and the response from fathers, children and mothers. Schools involved say they have seen a real improvement in relationships with parents, deepening existing contacts and meeting fathers they had never seen before.
Bath University made a film of Fathers' Friday at Moorlands School which can be seen by visiting www.bathnes.gov.uk/fathersfriday.
Any schools or settings interested in taking part in Fathers' Fridays in June 2013 are encouraged to get in touch with Bath & North East Somerset Council. It can provide template letters for parents, names of contact schools for ideas and links to resources.
If you want to know more about the range of support available for children and families contact Bath & North East Somerset Council's Family Information Service on 0800 073 1214, email@example.com
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