Supporting Your Child’s Learning

Supporting your child’s learning

Starting conversations with your child about what they are reading and studying, and talking to them about books that you may be reading is a good way to show your child that you are interested, and to keep up with what they are learning.

Keeping up with current affairs is another good way to introduce conversations that may well link to school work.

Tying in visits to a museum or exhibition links to your child’s school work is a fantastic way to deepen their knowledge and to show them that learning can be an enjoyable activity.

Supporting your child with homework

Your child will need to work more independently at secondary school than they did at primary, but your support and encouragement can make a real difference to their achievement.  Helping your child to organise their homework, encouraging reading and talking to your child about what homework they have to do provides an opportunity for you to be engaged with what they are learning at school.  See the homework page for more information about the homework we set at the Academy.

Supporting your child with exam revision

Exam time can be stressful – your support as a parent/carer can make a real difference to you child as they work through revision and sit their exams.

All Year 11 students are given a revision guide to help get them organised for their forthcoming exams.

Two websites that give advice about managing stress and anxiety and may be beneficial to your child and you at this time are BBC Mindset programme and NHS Coping with Exam Stress.

This information may also help you to reduce the stress of exams Exams and Stress.

Planning for the future: What can you do as a parent?

The choices your daughter or son makes for after year 11 will influence their future. Throughout their 5 years at high school, you can help them to make the right choices for them in different ways:

Research

Finding out about all different post 16 choices and options is a good way for your child to make an informed choice – it means they will make a choice based on reality. You can help by directing them to information or finding out information that might help them.

Support

Deciding on a career is not an easy thing to do. It’s a journey and sometimes the destination is unclear. By giving your support as they make different decisions you will help your child to be confident and to feel able to make mistakes without fear of looking uninformed.

Encouragement

Encouraging your child to do things outside of school, to identify their talents and skills and to try out different things, including part-time work or work experience, can help them to become more rounded individuals who are prepared for the transition from school to college. The more things that they participate in the more ready they will be for life outside of school.

Attend open days

Going to open days with your daughter or son can help them to work out which post 16 option is best for them. You know your child best, so you can help to guide them and show your support by encouraging them to look at different colleges as a way of making an informed choice

Help them to prioritise

Sometimes there is so much information to look at that young people get confused or overwhelmed. If you are there for them you can help them to prioritise their ideas. Students are much more likely to succeed if they are doing something they want to do, rather than what you want them to do, so resist the temptation to push them into something that you feel will be good for them.

Help with their CV

Creating a CV is a tough job even when you’re an adult, even more so when you are 15 or 16, so your daughter or son will probably need help. Rather than doing it for them, try to guide them to do it themself. Remember, if they want an apprenticeship then they MUST have a CV. Think: What are they good at? What have they done? What are their skills?

Careers Presentation Parents Forum 02.11.2021

“There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence.” Michelle Obama, Lawyer and Writer