Helping Your Child Succeed in School

According to research, parental involvement in schools improves student achievement, reduces absenteeism and restores confidence among parents in their children’s education.

Children need parents who have an interest in what’s going on in the classroom,” said Mr Weaver, president of the National Education Association, “parents must do everything they can to get their children fully engaged at school, reinforce their learning at home and develop a strong relationship with their teachers.

Here are a number of tips to ensure a successful educational experience for your child:

    • attend parent-teacher meetings – set aside a time to meet with your child’s teachers. Thank them for the work they do to educate your child in school and ask how your child is doing so you can review your child’s progress. Inform the teachers how to reach you and be open to always ask how else you can support your child’s learning at home.
    • do your research – read up on the National Curriculum for your child’s level and what is covered so you stay informed about what they are learning at school so you know how your child can meet the standards set for their level.
    • check on their homework daily – if you are not able to guide your child with school homework, engage a tutoring service to help your child with school work and cover essential topics that your child does not understand in school.
    • join the Parent-Teacher group – check with your child’s school if there is one and how to join the parent teacher’s group. Stay active in any school events that allow parents to participate.
    • read to your child every night – (or have them read to you, when older). This serves as a good bedtime bonding moment, especially if this habit is started and inculcated from a young age, Don’t limit yourselves to a book from one language. Studies have shown language abilities increase exponentially when exposed to two or more languages regularly.
    • set boundaries – limit screen time on school days.  Television and smart devices are easy and tempting alternatives to distract your child but studies show thy aren’t necessarily healthy or good for us.
    • have casual conversations – about their day in school and also share yours. This encourages healthy communication but do make sure you are  giving the conversation your full attention. Our children pick up on the signals when you are not doing so and this in turn encourages the wrong behaviour from them.

Whatever your level of involvement, do it consistently and regularly because it will make an important difference in your children’s lives,” Weaver said.

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