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.