The more parents are engaged in the education of their children, the more likely their children are to succeed academically. School improvement and school effectiveness research consistently shows that parental engagement is one of the key factors in securing higher student achievement. The scale of the impact is evident across all social classes and all ethnic groups. (DfE Research Report 156, September 2011).
How can you help?
Have a read through our guides and resources and start to think about what role you could play in supporting your child. Make sure you understand what the revision period entails, and how you can help them to feel less anxious about their impending exams.
Communication is key
Have a discussion with your child and ask them what you can do that would be the most helpful to them, make some suggestions based on your ideas but don’t be too disheartened if they tell you they don’t want or need your help. This doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t help, just that you may have to show your support in a different way.
Setting the scene
Have a think about what tools and materials may help with revision – do you have revision cards and highlighters? Plenty of paper to hand? Is there a quiet, tidy space at home in which they can revise without distraction?
Increase your knowledge
Try to ensure you attend all parents’ evenings and revision/exam evenings held at the academy, and thoroughly read all letters, emails and guides that we may send out.
If in doubt, ask!
Although very busy, our teachers are incredibly passionate about their roles and always more than happy to answer any questions you may have about their subject; please don’t hesitate to seek advice should you need it. Encourage your child to ask us questions too, we are here to help!