The Government recognises the positive impact of involving parents in their child’s education. The role of mothers and fathers from the earliest years and beyond is the single biggest influence on a child’s development. Despite the value of quality pre-school experiences, background factors relating to the child’s home-learning environment make a substantial difference to their learning and development. This is more important for children’s intellectual and social development than parental occupation, education or income.
A range of homework support kits for parents and carers are available for download or hard copy order, either by parents, schools or other practitioners, to help parents get involved with their child’s education at home.
The 'packs' are targeted to parents of by age of the child:
Additional guidance and resources for practitioners, e.g. posters and wallet cards, is also available to download or order.
The Institute of Education recently completed a review of evidence about the ways that schools are working with parents.
The DirectGov website offers information and advice for parents and carers about supporting their child's learning, accessible information relating to what their children learn at school, and tips on how parents can help their children at home, as well as tips on dealing with issues such as truancy, bullying and internet safety.
The site also has discussion forums for parents and an 'ask the expert' facility, together with a comprehensive list of publications.
DirectGov provides a wide range of further information for parents, from maternity rights and how to apply for child tax credits to guidance on helping your child avoid drug use and unwanted pregnancy.
Guide for the parents of children aged 8-13.
This guide is aimed at parents of teenagers aged 14 to 19 and addresses barriers to engagement (lack of time, confidence, not knowing how to help etc), to help them to stay involved with their child’s education.
Parental Engagement resources to help support parents to engage in their children’s education.
This report presents a review of studies of interventions aimed at supporting and improving parental engagement in the education of children aged 5-19.