The more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the pupil performs at school.

It’s widely recognised that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the pupil performs at school. Over the years, many papers have been written about the way a child’s classroom performance and academic achievements are significantly influenced by the extent to which its parents become involved in school life, and the interest they take in their child’s education.

Students respond very well to parents participating in their schooling – whether that’s just being aware of their progress and understanding their achievements, or whether its when parents decide to take a more active role and become involved in the school itself. Either way, greater parental engagement often motivates the child to do well.

But in order to establish and maintain this interest, there needs to be regular and reliable communication and sharing of information between the school and pupils’ families. Schools must create an effective partnership by providing an open and communicative environment with its wider community, forming a link between the classroom and the home, and the school and the family.

Full visibility of a child’s interests, strengths and commitments – as well as information about school events and developments – will put parents in a stronger position to help their child’s learning, and will ensure children get the most out of the education system…

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A brighter future

Most schools want to have a good relationship with parents and families. Their co-operation and support can make a real difference to how children see themselves as learners and engage in learning. Regular communication about the child’s individual development and achievements is a key component of successful partnership work, and an area in which schools can either invite compliments or leave themselves open to criticism. Schools that get it right build communication step by step, stage by stage, year by year – engaging families in the learning process from the very beginning.

By David Burgess, senior director at Schoolcomms

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