Involving parents in their child’s education is a key part of our school ethos of co-operation and brings excellent benefits for the child, the parents and carers, the school and the local community.
Research suggests that at age 7, a parent’s influence on a child’s learning is 6 times that of their school and even at 11 years old, it is 29% greater. Increased involvement can raise achievement by at least 18%. No involvement means low or no qualifications at 16.
We are using the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) to help strengthen our school’s partnership with parents. It is a national award that provides us with a valuable school improvement tool and also give us recognition for our commitment to working with parents.
The LPPA will help us achieve these long term benefits:
- Improve home school communications
- Increase parent participation and involvement
- Enhance parents’ support for their children’s learning
- Contribute to excellence in attendance, punctuality, behaviour and progress
Last year we conducted an audit and an Action Plan with staff and parents and have concentrated our work on four broad categories: home school learning, environment, information, evaluation.