England: Parental involvement unlocks children’s academic attainment

07 November 2019

Parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment, regardless of age or socioeconomic status, according to a new report.

The review of international evidence, commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation, found that home-school partnership is hugely important, especially where schools personalise communications about a child’s progress and make them accessible through, for example, text messages.

Family literacy interventions can also boost children’s learning, while summer reading programmes can improve school-age children’s learning.

Dr Jenny Lloyd, senior lecturer in public health at the University of Exeter, said: ‘Schools need resources, systems and structures to create a continuity of care and education that involves parents.’

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