The BBC is reporting advice from the NAHT and a family charity that parents should get more involved in their child’s education and suggests they make time to plant seeds and watch them grow, look at the stars, make a tent, walk in a woodland or make a model…
…The advice comes in a new leaflet published by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the charity Family Action.
The leaflet, entitled Giving Your Child a Helping Hand, aims to inspire parents to try a number of ideas at home which will support their children at school.
It urges parents to get involved in their son or daughter’s schooling by helping out on school trips and in class, taking an interest in their child’s education, attending parents’ evenings and keeping teachers informed of any changes at home.
Parents should consider joining the PTA (parent-teacher association) and getting involved with fund-raising to support their child’s school.
The guide, which the two organisations say is based on the latest evidence about what helps children to succeed at school, suggests parents come up with educational activities for youngsters such as visiting museums and historical sites.
It also suggests families could “look at the stars at night and find out about the planets” or “find time to sit together and think and dream”.
It says parents should make sure their child has a quiet place to do their homework and to help them learn the basics such as spellings and times tables.
It goes on to urge parents to take time to listen to their youngster’s concerns and answer questions, as well as to be patient when their child is helping them with something.
“Parents are the best partners schools can have in helping pupils make the most of their education,” said Bernadette Hunter, NAHT president…
The new leaflet will be distributed to NAHT’s 28,500 members who will in turn be encouraged to share it with parents.
It is the third in a series produced by Family Action and NAHT. Previous leaflets provided tips on getting children ready to learn and on speaking and listening.
This sounds like good advice from the NAHT and Family Action but is how much difference do you think it is likely to make and what can be done to help children in households where this kind of support is not forthcoming? Please give us your feedback in the comments or via Twitter…