Do parents know they matter?: raising achievement through by Alma Harris

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By Alma Harris

It's usually agreed that enticing mom and dad with their kid's studying is optimistic and has wide-reaching advantages. This publication articulates why parental engagement is of price and the way it may be accomplished with optimistic effects. past the why and the way, the booklet explores what potent parental engagement is, making specific the hyperlink among this and the impression at the studying of the kid. To aid this, sensible, manageable ideas and techniques are supplied via case stories. The ebook offers a strong mix of educational conception supported with quantifiable and qualitative proof from scholars, mom and dad and faculties, along solutions supplied via those that paintings with the demanding situations of this time table each day. it's going to problem, inspire and encourage realizing throughout the political time table, and empower and permit colleges to strengthen their perform.

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Schools are required by law to have a wide range of dealings with students' parents. ' is, however, not always as straightforward as it sounds. Additionally, schools can sometimes find themselves caught up in disputes between a number of adults, each claiming to have parental responsibility for a child. Section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines parent as: • • • all natural (biological) parents, whether they are married or not any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person.

If parents don't attend activities arranged by school staff and held at the school, the school should not assume that 'parents don't care'. Instead, school could explore other avenues that better reflect the communities' priorities. Parents and community members tend to feel respected when schools genuinely attempt to understand and relate to their needs. But who enegages Evidence would suggest that in the majority of cases it is the mother who takes the lead in communicating with the school and supporting learning activities in the home.

By working with parents, the school produced an accessible guide to the e-portal that focuses on academic attainment and achievement. In addition, out of hours access to computers is provided for parents with no home access to the internet. Warden Park School aimed to improve attendance and punctuality by creating a more immediate means of reporting absence. This was facilitated by a restructuring of the pastoral system. Each year group has a 'Director of Progress and Learning' who works with a learning mentor as the first point of contact for parents.

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