Like most parents, you probably want to do all you can to make sure that your children have the best possible future ahead of them.
Children whose parents take an active interest in their education are more likely to be successful in the classroom as well as later in life, so it pays to get involved.
Factsheets to give you practical tips, support and advice on how you can help your child to reach their full potential:
Talking to your child’s teacher
It is in your child’s interest for you to have a good relationship with the people teaching them.
Every school will have a different approach to working with parents, but your contact doesn’t have to be limited to times when your child is having problems or is in trouble.
If you want to know how your child is doing at school and how you can help with their learning and development, you can ask for an informal chat with their teacher or tutor.
Other ways you can get involved
The following websites can also help you to get involved in your child’s learning. They can provide you with resources and ideas to help you help your child from pre-school right up to their GCSEs. These websites only offer you a sample of ways in which you can help. If you want more information on how you can get involved, it is worthwhile asking your child’s teacher or tutor as they may be aware of other websites and resources which can help your child’s learning and development.
- Bookstart – encourages all parents and carers to enjoy books with their children from an early age. They aim to inspire a love of reading, through free book packs, and through games, resources and activities that will give pre-school children a flying start in life.
- BBC Schools – Early Years Foundation Stage – gives information and advice on how you can help your pre-school child with their learning as well as CBeebies resources that are linked to each of the EYFS subject areas.
- Booktime – encourages children, parents and carers to read together for pleasure by giving a free book pack to reception age pupils when they start primary school. This website provides games and activities, book recommendations and tips for reading with your child.
- BBC Schools Primary – gives information on how you can help with your child’s learning during the primary phase of their education (4 to 11 years of age) including resources and activities for each National Curriculum subject area.
- BBC Schools – Primary Bitesize – provides numeracy, literacy and science resources and activities to help children with their learning at both Key Stage 1 (4 to 7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7 to 11 years).
- Booked Up – encourages and supports reading by providing each Year 7 pupil in England with a free book. The website includes tips for encouraging reading at home.
- BBC Schools – Secondary ages – provides links, resources and activities to help children with their learning of subjects at Key Stage 3 (11 to 14 years) and Key Stage 4 (14 to 16 years) including resources to help with revision for GCSEs.