It was very gratifying to see 15 or so parents at the recent session on secondary school assessment led by Mr. Garbett, our Head of Secondary School. I am sure those who attended will agree with me, that it was thoroughly helpful in demystifying a lot of what we do to assess student progress and how we report on it to parents.
There are whole swathes of evidence (a couple of which I have quoted below) demonstrating how powerful the impact of effective partnerships between parents and schools can be in raising student attainment. As a school we will continue to look for ways in which we can work more closely with you as parents but can I also take the opportunity to encourage all of us to consider how we could take a more active interest in our children’s school life.
The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement (US)- “A New wave of Evidence”
“……….we see strong and steadily growing evidence that families can improve their children’s
academic performance in school. Families also have a major impact on other key outcomes,
such as attendance and behavior, that affect achievement. When families of all back-
grounds are engaged in their children’s learning, their children tend to do better in
school, stay in school longer, and pursue higher education.
All students, but especially those in middle and high school, would benefit if schools
support parents in helping children at home and in guiding their educational career.
Studies that look at high-achieving students of all backgrounds found that their parents
encourage them, talk with them about school, help them plan for higher education,
and keep them focused on learning and homework. The continuity that this constant
support provides helps students through changes of school, program, and grade level.”
Department for Children, Schools and Families (UK) “The Impact of Parental Involvement in Children’s Education”
- Parental involvement in children’s education from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood
- The quality and content of fathers’ involvement matter more for children’s outcomes than the quantity of time fathers spend with their children
- The attitudes and aspirations of parents and children themselves predict later educational achievement. International evidence suggests that parents with high aspirations are also more involved in their children’s education
- Two-thirds of parents said that they would like to get more involved with their child’s school life
- Levels of parental involvement vary among parents; for example, mothers, parents of young children, Black/Black British parents and parents of children with a statement of Special Needs are all more likely to be involved in their child’s education
Food for thought for all of us……