We can help your school or setting to:

  • Effectively engage all parents/carers to support their child’s learning
  • Reach out to families who traditionally don’t engage with school
  • Motivate and give staff the skills and confidence to develop creative and sustainable work
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers
  • Recruit and train volunteers. Accreditation can be offered
  • Tap into the skills and resources of your communities
  • Support schools to meet Ofsted and EYFS requirements
  • Access a wide range of good practice and information – saving you time and money

We can work with families to enable them to access information, training and resources to support their child’s learning and development.

Parental Engagement Toolkit - Overview

PEN uses a strategic overview of the different areas of parental engagement as a framework for auditing and developing the work.

Parental Engagement Toolkit - Theory of Change

We use a “mentor, model, coach” approach, keeping partnership with parents at the heart of all we do.

Meet the team

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Janet Davies – Managing Director

Janet has 30 years’ experience in  teaching, managing and leading schools, settings and clusters across all phases. Janet strives to support and create inclusive learning communities which promote achievement for all.

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Jane Coogan – Director

Jane has worked in primary education for the last 10 years in various roles. She currently works with parents and in safeguarding in Longsight. She is also a parent of three teenagers!

Jane has worked in partnership with PEN for the last six years, including being involved in the Mouse Club and Active Families pilots.

She is very excited to be part of PEN’s journey.


Helen Beswick – Deputy Director

Helen joined PEN in 2016 and has almost 30 years experience of working for small charities and social enterprises across the Northwest.

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Annette Cormack – Assessor

Annette supports parent volunteers in school in delivering activity groups for families and achieving qualifications in Parenting Support.


Janet Mannion – Finance and Procurement

Janet has worked for PEN since it’s inception. In addition to finance and budgets, Janet looks after all our mice!

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Hannah Mannion – Intern

Hannah has joined us straight from Liverpool John Moores University where she gained a 2:1 in Primary Education with QTS (Outstanding). Following completion of her internship with PEN, Hannah, who has a special interest in children’s mental health and wellbeing, is hoping to secure a teaching job in a local Manchester school.