The research shows that parental involvement in children’s learning is a key factor in improving children’s academic attainment and achievements, as well as their overall behaviour and attendance.
The role of parents during a child’s earliest years is the single biggest influence on their development. Good quality home learning contributes more to children’s intellectual and social development than parental occupation, education or income.
A parent’s attitudes, aspirations and behaviour are all important, as is their ability to:
For some parents, developing this confidence can be difficult - especially if they also need help with their own literacy, language and numeracy skills.
Learning as a family can bring significant benefits for adults and the children in their care. It can:
Parents and the home learning environment they provide can help foster a love of reading, stories and books.
The Department for Education funds the charity Booktrust to provide children with free books at crucial moments in their life. The book gifts are delivered through children’s centres, schools and health and library services. The book gifting programme includes universal gifts for all children, Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up. It also includes targeted gifts to support families and children for whom books, and reading for pleasure, may still be less a part of everyday life.
A list of publications and useful websites for parents to help them support their children's learning.
This study is a review of a wide range of literature relating to the involvement of parents in their children's education. It covers the age range from the early years of primary education to the end of key stage 4.
This pack has been designed to help parents help their children with their learning. The pack contains some helpful tools and ideas, designed for parents/carers to help children with their homework. It includes top tips and information about school.
The pack provides user-friendly, interactive, fun and familiar tools to inform parents around the value of communicating with their child about learning and school, whilst providing the means to do so.
This document is aimed at parents of teenagers aged 14-19 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 in the later stages of the learning journey.
Resources for practitioners have been developed for those working with parents with children aged 5-19, to provide information and guidance around how the resources can be best used.
The BIS website provides additional information on learning to support families.
Information about reading and free books for young children