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CEN will be holding its first Empowering Parents Conference on Saturday 12th November 2022 10am – 3:00pm as part of our Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) Programme, delivered by parents, for parents. 

The inspiration behind the Empowering Parents Conference is resolving one of the key issues expressed by parents who come to CEN: not being included at an early enough stage to address any issues with their child before the problem gets worse.  

This then leaves parents with no opportunity to be a part of any early intervention strategies that could be put in place to prevent issues from escalating and requiring a disciplinary response.

 But we believe that an included parent is an empowered parent.

The Empowering Parents conference seeks to inspire parents and schools to recognize the advantages that working in equal partnership can achieve for the school, the parent, and the child. In partnership with Action for Race Equality (ARE), we are hosting this conference with the aim of demonstrating how good collaborative practice can reduce the number of students excluded. 

So, save the date and join us for a day of discussion designed to unify, upskill, and empower parents where you will get to hear from guest speakers in the field including Professor Gus John. 

If you are a parent, education provider, student, or simply someone who is interested in improving the education of young people, click the link below and don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!

Register to join us here

- CEN Team

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We know that going back to or starting school can be a difficult time - for parents as well as children. So here are a few useful tips to help you and your young person to have a successful start to the new school year.


  • Uniforms are a big thing (as sad as it is) - if they feel uncomfortable in what they are wearing, they won’t feel confident going in.
  • Check lessons and encourage them to become familiar with the names of which teachers they will have for each subject. Talk about subjects they may not be comfortable or confident in or teachers they haven’t met and ask what they can do to get to know the topic or their teacher.
  • Address travel issues: If it’s a new school, make sure the child knows the way. If required, take a walk the day before so they know are sure of the directions. Ensure they have a bus pass, and know a couple of routes to/from school 
  • Talk about home time (after school boundaries = straight home)


  • Label clothes especially P.E kits
  • Ensure packed lunches/ water bottles are prepped the night before
  • Get uniforms/pe kits and bags ready the day before
  • Get them back into routine –usual bedtime, dinner time etc
  • Encourage them to make friends.
  • Ensure if it is their first day that they feel safe. They will be ok, so reinforce the idea that it’s going to be a fun and exciting time.


  • Make sure you set alarms with enough time to get up, have breakfast and get to school in good time, so you are not rushing and end up late
  • Assist with uniform prep – have things ready the day before
  • Sit down and get involved in homework regardless of age, participate by reading and problem solving with them - try and make learning fun!
  • Be creative in encouraging your children to speak up, particularly if they are struggling and need extra help.
  • Encourage them to speak about how their day was. Good, bad, what they did on the day etc.
  • Be PRESENT! – Turn up to plays, events, sports day, parent’s evenings and to every meeting where your child is being discussed.

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- Jasmine Achiro, Admin Support Worker, CEN