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:
- understand their child’s day-to-day progress
- undertake family learning together
- talk regularly with their child about their learning.
For some parents, developing this confidence can be difficult - especially if they also need help with their own literacy, language and numeracy skills.
Advantages of family learning
Learning as a family can bring significant benefits for adults and the children in their care. It can:
- enhance their ability to support the child’s education
- help create a culture of learning
- help improve their own skills and confidence
- help them to understand how to support the development of the child’s skills.
There are lots of online resources for you to use to get support for home education. here's some of our favourites: