We appreciate that at secondary school, the number of subjects that students study together with the demands of Key Stage 3 and particularly at key stages 4 and 5 means that parents/carers may sometimes feel unsure as to how they can best support their children in their learning.
Some general tips:
- Listen, talk, and encourage – this can have a big influence on children's learning.
- Encourage your child to talk to you about their learning, what learning is happening at school and do what you can at home to build on that.
- Talk to your child about their strengths and interests and how they are progressing.
- Encourage your child to talk to you about their next steps in learning and find out how you can work with the school to support this.
- Ask for help if you think your child needs it for any reason.
- Praise your child if he/she is working hard at something or has a achieved something within or out of school
- Encourage any reading
- Look for opportunities at home to develop literacy and numeracy skills: money, number problems, time, measuring, matching, size, reading, writing, understanding instructions, questioning information
- Encourage your child to take part in activities e.g. hobbies, clubs which will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills
- Help them work on tasks on their own and then talk about it with you afterwards
- Do things together where appropriate – learn together e.g. if your child has a project or task to do, take an interest and discuss with them what he/she is doing or offer support if this is needed.
- Help prepare for change- particularly at key transitions.
- Talk to them about how they are feeling
- Work together with the school by taking part in discussions about your child’s learning and progress e.g. at parents nights, reviews