Cafes for All: Introductory Training With Julie Westrop

  • 31st Oct 2017
  • Multiple
  • Curriculum
  • Spaces
  • Early Years, Primary
  • Teaching & Learning

PLP Cafes for All Introductory training with Julie Westrop

Training for middle and senior leaders with responsibility for leading on the introduction of Cafés in schools.

Cafés for All introductory training

Cafés for All is an innovative, simple way of engaging parents and the wider community in supporting children’s learning from Foundation Stage to end of Key Stage 2. It is especially effective in working with those parents who have previously found it harder to engage with the school.

Over 40 schools subscribing to PLP have now sent staff on Cafés for All training in order to offer Café sessions for pupils and their families. Pre-school settings in the Peterborough area have begun to offer Café sessions to their families and Café hub schools are currently being established in Peterborough for staff from other schools to visit. The Cafés for All approach is well regarded nationally by schools, parents, children and Ofsted.


‘I have seen Cafés in action - a simple idea which has a wonderful effect. The relaxed and informal atmosphere gives parents and carers the chance to be with their children as they learn and to join in as they feel able without pressure to do anything in particular. Because the pressure to get it right is removed, they typically get a lot right in supporting their children's learning...and the children love it.

The informality helps teachers and others get to know parents and parents to get to enjoy their children enjoying learning. Everyone wins!’ Professor Mick Waters

The day’s training is highly rated by those who have attended. ’Fantastic day’s training.’ ‘Excellent, informative and empowering training’ ‘Realistic and inspiring training . I can see how Café culture will really aid parental engagement in supporting children’s learning’ ‘The Café approach is unique but achievable and manageable’. PLP delegates

Course outcomes Delegates will:

  • Have a secure understanding of Cafés for All - concept and rationale
  • Know how to implement Cafés in their own school
  • Be able to plan and deliver a variety of family learning opportunities in Café sessions
  • Understand how to help all parents/families support and develop a child’s learning, confidence and achievement
  • Have begun action planning for the introduction of Cafés with a secure understanding of how to evaluate impact on pupil and adult outcomes as well as aspects of school improvement

PLP members: £125 per delegate

Non PLP members: £175 per delegate

Led by

Julie’s 22 year very successful teaching and senior leadership career, saw her working in both primary and secondary schools in West Africa, London and East Anglia. She always preferred to work in schools serving communities with more disadvantage than most, welcoming the opportunities to work with families and the wider community in enhancing educational experiences, raising both aspirations and achievement and creating strong communities of learners.

Moving into Local Authority work in 1998, Julie worked as a National Literacy adviser for 3 years with her teaching being used in NLS training videos. She was seconded as Assistant Director to Thetford Education Action Zone where she led on the development of English and Family/ Community Engagement. This was followed by over 10 years working as a Senior School Adviser and School Improvement Partner. Julie has also worked as an Ofsted inspector for over 3 years.

Julie’s most recent LA post has been as Norfolk LA’s Senior Adviser with responsibility for Parents and Extended services. For this she led on the development of the Parent Support Adviser programme and provided training for early years and school staff, leadership teams and governors on developing effective partnership with families and the community, raising aspirations and the highly successful Reading Café programme over which so much has been written.

Julie is a highly accomplished, engaging and inspiring trainer who has facilitated many hundreds of training sessions and been a regular speaker at numerous national events.

Julie established Aspiring to Excellence Together- A2E2 Education Ltd in November 2014, having already launched Cafés for All – Sharing Learning.

Espresso Café 2 hour twilight training for up to 30 staff is available from Julie Westrop of A2E2 Education Ltd at a specially discounted price of £300 for PLP schools . This training is optional.

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31st Oct 2017
09:00am - 03:30pm