Parents’ Role in their Children’s Education
As a parent or carer you play the most vital role in helping your child learn.
If children attend school daily for up to 7 hours in a 190 day academic year, what % of a full calendar year (24 hours x 365 days) is spend out of school?
1330 (school hours): 8760 (full year) = 0.15 or 15%. That means that 85% is spent outside the school.
We therefore place great importance to our partnership with our parents and families.
The most important things you can do are:
Take an interest in what your child is learning at school, and encourage them to tell you about it.
Praise them when they have done well.
Give them a quiet place to do any homework.
There is a web site for parents, which has lots of useful resources. You can find it at www.parents.com.
How can you support your child at the early stages?
All children need to be confident and to see themselves as successful learners.
You can support your child by giving her/him access to range of writing tools – scissors, pens, pencils, paint brushes – and encouraging her/him to ‘have a go’ at writing independently. Children enjoy ‘play writing’ at this stage and can gain confidence from it. Through speaking and listening to your child, in a range of situations, you will give her/him the ability to speak with confidence. In reading you can support your child through sharing books and enjoying stories and pictures together. In number you can help by counting, matching and discussing numbers and shapes within the environment.
Personal and social skills are concerned with being members of a society and the school community. These skills are about sharing, caring, taking turns and respecting each other. These areas are very important in developing a positive attitude to learning and will help your child to have a good start at school.
Here is a short guide for parents about getting ready for school , produced by the NAHT and Family Action.
Parents can become involved in the life of the school in a variety of ways. Parents can help in class, around the school and they can accompany groups on educational visits. If you can offer time and help please speak to your child’s class teacher. All parents who volunteer in school will require a DBS check before they start.
Parent Support Advisor
I’m Mrs Rees, my role within school is primarily PSA (Parent Support Advisor) I can be found in breakfast club each morning from 7:30am and in the playground from 8:25 – 8:35. I support parents with a wide range of things including:
- Promote effective parenting through 1:1 work as appropriate to the needs of the parent/carer.
- Supporting parents to do parenting courses for personal development as well as family support.
- Provide preventative support, advice and guidance to support parents of children with early signs of social, emotional health or behavioural issues ensuring that parents are supported and empowered to address these issues as far as possible from their own resources
- Forge close partnerships between home and school and encourage the development of positive respectful relationships between all parties involved in the home-school interface
- Provide information about local services to parents/carers
- Liaise closely with partner agencies
- Attend CP/CIN/CIC meetings on behalf of the school.
- Provide reports to social workers
- Ensure good systems are in place to keep track of children where additional support is being given – CP/CIN/TAF etc.
- Ensure headteachers have access to current information on families who are receiving support
- Host Team Around the Family [TAF] meetings
- Support families appropriately through TAF meetings.
- Signpost to other agencies, and support parental engagement with a range of services
- Model effective parenting in the relationship between PSA and parent/carer
- Work jointly within the family to model learning e.g. negotiation skills, conflict resolution
- Build relationships with parents/carers to best support them and their child/ren
- Support the development of positive learning strategies such as helping pupils plan and prepare for the transition to secondary school.
- Aim to support parents and reduce poor behaviour that might otherwise lead to exclusion
- Ensure that the behaviour strategies used by the school are understood by parent and child, supported and applied within the home
- Provide concise and accurate written reports to a range of agencies as required maintain accurate and concise case records, including referral processes and ensuring the requirements of data protection are met produce evaluation information reinforce the importance of effective positive parenting and a parents’ rights and
I am also available if you just need to talk about yourself or your child/ family needs. Sometimes we just need to off-load and someone to listen. Feel free to find me either outside or ask at the office.