Helping kids to succeed at school

An important role: Strong partnerships between schools, parents and families are essential for children to be successful in their learning. Photo: Shutterstock
An important role: Strong partnerships between schools, parents and families are essential for children to be successful in their learning. Photo: Shutterstock

Parents are a child's first teachers and the home is a child's first classroom.

As a parent you have a strong influence on your child's learning and development from their early years and through school.

Parents have a key role in shaping their child's values, attitudes and approaches to learning at home, at school, and beyond.

It is important that once a child starts school that parents remain involved in their schooling.

The SA Department for Education states, "Research has shown that when parents are engaged in their children's learning and build strong connections with their children's school, there can be significant benefits for children:

  • They are more likely to enjoy learning and be motivated to do well
  • They have stronger relationships with other children
  • They have greater confidence and social skills
  • They do better at school and have increased wellbeing
  • They are less likely to miss days at school

"Parent engagement in children's learning is about working closely with your child's teachers to help your child to succeed. It means knowing what they are learning at school, finding ways to bring school learning into the home, and helping teachers to know and understand your child so that they can help your child to thrive at school.

"Strong partnerships between schools, parents and families are essential for children to be successful in their learning."

Throughout their years of schooling, most children will struggle to stay motivated and engaged with their learning at some point.

There are kids who will prioritise playing with their friends, toys or electronics over schoolwork, particularly when it comes to doing homework. But there are ways you can help.

  • Show them that you value learning - read together, learn to cook a new recipe together or learn about interesting things you saw at the park or the beach
  • Give your child the opportunity to discover new things and explore new interests
  • Stay positive and remember to praise them when they try hard
  • Create a dedicated study space at home
  • Be available if they need help with their homework and show an interest in what they are learning
  • Have an afternoon homework routine and offer a reward at the end - tell them "once your homework is done you can play on the iPad" etc
  • Find out what they are learning about at school and plan activities that will allow them to demonstrate their learning

With your support, your child can thrive and remain engaged in their education.

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