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Collaborating with Community (1). Facilitators: Caroline Karayiannis Danny Power Aine McCabe. Anticipated outcomes. To understand the concept ‘community’ To understand the perceptions community have of schools To appreciate the role and function of the stakeholders

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collaborating with community 1

Collaborating with Community (1)


Caroline Karayiannis

Danny Power

Aine McCabe

anticipated outcomes
Anticipated outcomes
  • To understand the concept ‘community’
  • To understand the perceptions community have of schools
  • To appreciate the role and function of the stakeholders
  • To identify resources which will support working with community
  • To consider the relevance to our own institution
what is community
What is ‘community’?
  • people who live in the same area or share the same
  • A specific group of people, often living in a defined geographical area, who share a common culture, values, and norms and who are arranged in a social structure according to relationships the community has developed over a period of time. The term “community” encompasses worksites, schools, and health care

Story of community development – the successes and the challenges.

Danny Power – Greater Falls Road

Aine McCabe – Beechmount Community Centre

define community
Define community.

Joyce Epstein:

  • ‘community’ to mean not only the neighbourhoods where pupil’s homes and schools are located but also any neighbourhoods that influence their learning and development
  • ‘community’ rated not only by low or high social or economic qualities, but by strengths and talents to support students, families and schools
  • ‘community’ means all who are interested in and affected by the quality of education, not just those with children in the schools
  • Teachers
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Community








Who influences learning and development?


Who has the strengths and talents to support families and schools?

Who is interested in, and affected by, the quality of education?

why collaborate with community
Why collaborate with community?
  • What is collaboration?
  • Challenges and rewards for pupils
  • Challenges and rewards for parents
  • Challenges and rewards for teachers
david barnard university of saskatchewan
David Barnard: University of Saskatchewan

Building Collaborative communities

takes patience and

time to govern and

understand the needs

and ways of their partners.

joseph rowntree foundation report belfast telegraph 12 9 07
Joseph Rowntree Foundation ReportBelfast Telegraph 12/9/07
  • Schools alone 'cannot help poor'
  • The report notes cycles of achievement and underachievement. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds need to do more than just attend a good school to boost their educational achievement, a report has claimed.
  • The report for charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlighted how a quarter of poor children in England gain five good GCSEs compared with half of all pupils.
  • School quality accounted for a fraction of variations in achievement, it said.
  • Family disadvantage is passed on from one generation to the next in a cycle of underachievement, it added.

Social services


School improvement agencies

Educational inclusion initiatives


for all

Child & family





Regeneration &




Economic development


you ve convinced me but how
You’ve convinced me - but HOW?
  • Neighbourhood Renewal (Denise Ferguson)
sue shelley community learning rotherham metropolitan borough council
Sue Shelley, Community LearningRotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

You don’t need to create community activists, they’re already out there. You need to identify them and work with them.

..a key message has been that ownership of the vision is critical. There is no room for conflicting agendas. However, it is also important to recognise that new networks need time to develop connectivity.

some ideas
Some ideas.
  • Respect, recognise, affirm
  • Influencers in participation
  • Real needs addressed rather than perceived ones
  • Support garnered
  • Partners locally
  • Joint working from the small to the greater