Parents are sitting down to lessons along with their children in an innovative project at a Renfrewshire school.

Mums and dads are being given a chance to study subjects ranging from modern languages, maths and science to music, art and drama at Gryffe High, in Houston.

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The Parents in Partnership project sees parents of S1 pupils head back to school for two lessons per week, taught by the same teachers, in the same classrooms as their children.

Chris Anderson, principal teacher of attainment at Gryffe High, told The Gazette the partnership has now been running for four years.

The Gazette: Teachers Hannah Strong and Chris AndersonTeachers Hannah Strong and Chris Anderson

He said: “The purpose of the programme is to enhance our school’s capacity to deliver parental engagement – supporting parents to support their children.

“We understand that the transition from primary school is not just a transition for the children, but the parents too.”

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When the programme started, the school had 10 parents and carers involved but, each year, the number of participants has increased.

It has proved so popular that 35 parents now come to school with their kids.

Chris, who runs the programme with principal teacher of pupil support Adam Findlay, said mums and dads who go along can expect to be treated in the same way as the S1 pupils.

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Staff use the same teaching methods and curricular language that would be used with youngsters during lessons.

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