Roary’s Class Acts

Roary’s Class Acts programme was originally formed by a consortium including Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, The Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough Schools’ Teaching Alliance, Middlesbrough Catholic Schools’ Partnership and Emmerson Marketing in a bid to tackle issues regarding primary school attendance figures across Teesside.

The programme was aimed at originally been trialed at local catholic schools in the Middlesbrough area, which proved to be an all-round success which has now developed to include the majority of primary schools in Middlesbrough.

The materials we have developed, including stickers, posters, door hangers and more, encourage and recognise excellence and improving attendance among primary school children through building a culture of healthy competition between schools, classes and children. Achievement is linked to a range of incentives and prizes for children which include visits from our Mascot, Roary the Lion, and stadium visits for example.

The importance of high levels of attendance are evident in many aspects of education. Government research and statistics indicate that having good attendance leads to higher academic achievement, greater enjoyment and children feeling more settled in school. It is the purpose of this project to support every child in achieving their highest possible attendance levels and developing the mantra that ‘Every School Day Matters’.

John O’Boyle (Head of the Catholic Teaching Alliance) said “The project has been a fantastic success in our schools. We have seen a marked improvement in attendance among those who are typically difficult to engage.

Roary’s Class Acts is now running for a second year and is already in 36 of the 42 primary schools in Middlesbrough and has now received funding to access and supply 16 schools within Redcar and Stockton. This is great for Middlesbrough and its surrounding areas as it will see an all-round increase in attendance in the coming years.

There are incentives in place for the most improved and highest achieving schools, these include; Visits from Middlesbrough football clubs mascot (Roary the lion), P.E sessions ran by an MFCF coach, stadium tours and end of year celebration events. There has already been a number of assemblies at schools with visits from Roary.

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Middlesbrough Nursery Celebrates A ‘Roaring’ Success On 10th Anniversary

Rosedene Easterside in Middlesbrough celebrated its tenth anniversary with a visit from two very special visitors – local ward councillor Craig Wright and Middlesbrough Football Club mascot, Roary the Lion.

Roary and Craig were given a special, socially distanced tour of the facility, which is located next to St. Thomas More School and enjoyed a slice of birthday cake.

Children currently attending the nursery also tested their skills trying to score goals against Roary.

Easterside was the fifth nursery in Rosedene’s portfolio to open, following the launch of sites in Marske, Redcar and Saltburn. It now has 11 childcare facilities across Tees Valley and North Yorkshire. Easterside was the first of three Rosedene nurseries in Middlesbrough.

The team at Easterside has built up strong community ties over the last decade with key figures in the community, including a partnership with health visitors, the local children’s centre, church groups and small businesses.

It also has had strong retention of staff since it opened, with its manager Gemma being part of the Rosedene family for more than 16 years, and many staff members having been recruited at student level and progressing into more senior roles.

Alice McCullagh, director at Rosedene, said: “It was fantastic to welcome Craig and Roary to the Rosedene Easterside birthday celebrations. It is vital to us, even during such unprecedented times, that the nursery is at the heart of the community. Even though we had planned to host a huge celebration for all families, the children were delighted by the visit from our two special guests.

“During the last decade, we’ve looked after some amazing local children, supported over 1,000 families and our team love to see our returning parents, with whthey’ve built incredible relationships with over the years.

“Having a reliable, established childcare provider is essential for parents, especially when life is so uncertain. Parents need to be confident that they can go to work, and their children will be cared for by someone they trust. We look forward to providing that service at Easterside for the next decade and beyond.”

Craig Wright, councillor for Ladgate Ward, said: “Happy birthday Rosedene Easterside! Throughout the pandemic, Rosedene has been a vital support to the community and its fantastic to work with a brilliant nursery which puts children first and has community at its heart.”

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