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Family Engagement at Severn Primary - What's On



Welcome, my name is Mrs Karen Gunning and I am the Family Engagement Officer at Severn Primary School.

The key role of a Family Engagement Officer is to work with families to help overcome any barriers to childrens' learning.  I work closely with parents on issues that may be impacting on themselves and/or their child's well-being by providing advice and support when it can be hard to know where to turn.  I can offer support and advice on a wide range of issues and can signpost parents towards outside agencies.


Part of my role is to work closely with all staff, outside agencies and organisations to improve opportunities for children and their families at our school.  An integral part of my role is linking families with other agencies, both statutory and non-statutory such as School Nurses, Parenting workshops/programmes, Young Carers, Counselling Services, Finance Advice Services, Parent Support Groups, to name a few!


Sometimes the stresses of everyday life can be overwhelming for all of us and you may feel you just need to talk these through with someone.  You may need help with social and emotional wellbeing, including friendship issues, grief and loss, parental separation, parenting, absence and lateness, behaviour and other issues outside of these.


Should you have a personal concern or a school related issue, then please feel free to come and talk to me.


You can contact me:

In person through the school office or by the school telephone. Tel: 02920 387507 or by email: 


Below are some useful websites and contact numbers that may be of interest to you:


Cardiff Parenting Services - Tel: 03000 133 133 or - general advice on most subjects - housing and debt advice - The Index - advice and support for parents of children with ALN

Cardiff Family Gateway - Tel: 03000 133 133

Cardiff Council Housing Options Service - Tel: 02920 570750


What’s on at Severn Primary School

Monday 4th October – Monday 13th December

The Parent Nurturing Programme – The Cardiff Parenting Team is delivering the Parent Nurturing Programme to all families who live in Cardiff.

This programme will run for 10 weeks.

What’s it all about…

  • The Parent Nurturing Programme aims to help adults understand and manage feelings and behaviour and become more positive and nurturing in their relationships with children and each other
  • Encourages an approach to relationships that gives children and adults an emotionally healthy start for their lives, which contributes to learning.

Over the 10 sessions you will look at topics including:

  • Understanding why children behave the way they do
  • Recognising the feelings behind behaviours (ours & theirs)
  • Exploring different approaches to discipline
  • The importance of looking after and nurturing ourselves



Monday 4th October – Monday 13th December

Family Learning Together/ESOL Classes – Parents must attend every week

The Families Learning Together Team from Cardiff & Vale College are excited to be able to offer a course for families with a home language other than English.

This 10-week course aims to help parents develop their own English language skills as well as the skills needed to support their child’s learning.  Throughout the course the focus will be on themes such as education in Wales, language for school, vocabulary for literacy and numeracy, and ways of supporting children’s learning through practical skills.

The course will include a weekly session for adults as well as fun family activities to share with children and a weekly story time for families.

This is an accredited course, so parents will gain a certificate on completion.  All courses are free to families and are accredited with an Agored Cymru unit.

Credit Union – Key Stage 2

A savings club run by pupils which gives their peers the opportunity to bring in money that they wish to save.

Please call into the main school office for an application form or ask to speak to Mrs Zaman.


Severn Primary School

Severn Primary School

Severn Road, Canton, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 9DZ