Research has found that children whose parents demonstrate an active interest in their education are more likely to perform well in school. This is likely because they’ll try harder to impress you if they can clearly see that you care whether or not they are successful. They will also feel more comfortable taking risks and trying new things if they feel like they have the support system behind them. With this in mind, I have teamed up with a prep school in Somerset to share some advice on what you can do to be more involved in your child’s education.
Be sure to chat your child each evening after school about their day. Ask open questions to encourage them to give more than a one-word answer, like “What did you learn about in Science today?” or “How did you spend your lunch break?”. It might help to find out more about their curriculum so you understand what they are currently learning about, as it might help you find a point of conversation.
As well as attending parents’ evening, it’s also a good idea to keep in touch with your child’s teachers throughout the year so that you can monitor their progress and flag up any areas of concern. The teachers will be able to suggest some age-appropriate learning resources to work on at home. You should also attend any other events at the school, like school plays or sports’ day, to show your child that you are truly interested in their academic achievements.
Help your child set-up a suitable study space at home, with adequate lighting and all of the correct stationery and equipment. You might not always be around to help with their homework but dedicating a portion of your home to schoolwork will show your child that you are invested in their home learning.
There are lots of other things you can do to help, like hiring a private tutor if necessary, and encouraging your child to join an extra-curricular activity to help them develop a range of personal skills. Make sure there are rules in place at home regarding prioritising schoolwork over TV and other leisure activities.