A community led approach to ending FGM - free project for primary schools
20 Mar 2019
Two years ago, primary schools were successful in obtaining funding from the John Lyon’s Charity to support schools in developing ‘A community led whole school approach to tackling FGM in Ealing.’
This project aims to develop a community led, whole school approach to tackling FGM by employing a qualified, known and trusted member of the community to use their skills, knowledge and local connections to engage with parents, interact with the local community and alert the workforce to FGM and its long-term effects.
During the academic year 2017/18, three Ealing primary schools were part of this project and during the academic year 2019/20 six Ealing primary schools were part of this project. Each participating school received:
- Initial meeting with SLT to discuss project and answer questions
- Whole staff training on FGM
- Whole staff training on relationships and sex education (RSE)
- Meeting with schools parents forum/support setting up a parent forum
- Resources to hold a whole school PANTS day – based on NSPCC PANTS rules
- Six parent workshops focusing on safeguarding and including topics such as online safety, grooming, RSE and FGM.
- One - two days of modelled lessons for year 3 -6 - where experienced practitioners teach FGM specific lessons to pupils in years 3 to 6 and teachers can observe and teach team
- Invitation to be part of a termly FGM steering group
- Staff training based on delivering FGM specific lessons
- Baseline and end line surveys for staff, pupil and parents to measure the impact of the project.
During the third and final year of this project, nine schools will be chosen to work with the project lead, Hoda Ali, based at Perivale Primary School and the health improvement team to embed the community led whole school approach to tackling FGM. This project if free to schools.
The project lead will work closely with the nine chosen schools to support them to develop and embed this project. Schools who wish to run this project should have a member of staff who is not a full time class teacher available to lead on and embed this project.
If you wish to apply please email Claire Meade (details below) to receive a copy of the applciation form. Please ensure you are as detailed as possible in your application form, there is a high demand for this project and detailed applications support the team in shortlisting successful schools