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Meet the Family Link/Transitions team

Picture 1 Joanne Payne
Picture 2 Lorraine Bessex
Picture 3 Karen Radnedge

Our role as Family Link Workers mean we play an important part in the relationship between home and school in supporting families on a wide variety of issues.  We work closely with all the Senior Management Team, class teachers, and support staff and outside agencies to help others to understand our student’s needs as well as those of their parents/carers.


We know children achieve more in their learning and personal development when both home and school are working in partnership to achieve the same outcomes.


The aims of our work as Family Link Workers are –

To engage and build good working relationships with parents, children and colleagues working in school and other agencies.

To work holistically and effectively with parents/carers in ways that will improve their children’s and their family’s well-being.

To provide relevant information about and access to, appropriate support services and opportunities that enable parents to improve their skills.

To plan, deliver and offer parenting support courses for groups and one to one support.

Talk with and support children in school and encourage them through direct contact to be positive about their future at New Fosseway and beyond.

Help children and families to increase school attendance and minimise absences.

Supporting families to attend meetings about their child and family.


We are not saying that we have all the answers! But talking over a worry, no matter how big or small, or bringing it to our attention can make all the difference between families or school staff having a stressful day or a stress free day.


You can contact Karen and Lorraine at 0117 903 0220 ext. 2070 or 2055, and Joanne on ext. 2103