Find the right school
For starters, follow our advice on how to find the right school for your child. Considering they will be spending most of their young life in education, you want to choose a place that they will feel comfortable in. Check Ofsted reports online and measure how local schools compare to each other. Finding the right school is the first step to educational success.
Get involved with the school
Teachers appreciate proactive parents, so find opportunities to get involved. From going on school field trips to assisting in the classroom, find ways you can get involved with your child’s school. Speak to the teacher about the curriculum and find out what your child is currently learning. You can then continue learning at home, such as reading specific books together or watching videos online. Your teacher will be amazed at your child’s progress when you take the time to add to their learning.
Share your concerns
There may be times when your child complains about bullying or has issues with the teacher. They might also come home from school and display difficult emotions, such as anger and low moods. Talk to your child about how they are feeling, and don’t brush away any concerns they have about school life. Talk to school staff when appropriate, and ensure steps are taken to give your child the help they need.
Remember: you know your child best. While you shouldn’t be an over anxious parent and pester teachers every time your child has a problem, you should persist if you feel you aren’t being listened to. If there is a serious issue to contend with, raise the matter with the Headteacher or school governors, if the class teacher doesn’t seem to be helping.
Your child’s learning will be affected when they are unhappy at school, so for the sake of their education and welfare, always take them seriously.
Attend parent-teacher meetings
While you can meet your child’s teacher at any time of the year, you should still make time for these arranged meetings. This is your opportunity to listen to what the teacher has to say about your child’s progress, including areas of success and places where they are struggling. If you don’t have time to make the meeting, then ensure you talk to the teacher over the phone, and perhaps make an alternative arrangement.
Consider extra help
We want our children to do well at school, but there may be reasons why they are being held back. These problems may also affect your child’s behaviour, so it is worth getting extra help. Have a look at this list of learning issues, and if you feel your child has any of them, consult the school and your GP for extra help. Schools need to be equipped to deal with a range of issues, from dyslexia to attention-deficit disorder, so the class teacher and special needs coordinator should arrange an action plan.
Check up on homework
Homework is the bane of most children, and they would much rather come home after school and watch tv or play with friends. However, homework is a valuable way to continue your child’s learning, so be a nuisance and ensure it is being done. Don’t be tempted to do the homework for them, but help them when they are stuck, and ensure they have a quiet place to study.
Show a positive attitude
Finally, no matter what your school experience was like, maintain a positive attitude to your child’s schooling. You may have frustrations about the school your child is attending, but your negativity can be infectious. You should also remain interested in your child’s day at school, even when you are feeling tired and weary. Knowing you care about their education, is a surefire way to inspire confidence in your child.
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