The EEF has published new recommendations on working with parents to support their child’s learning, which reviews the best available research to offer schools and teachers four recommendations to support parental engagement in children’s learning.
The guidance report, which you can find here, is designed to support primary and secondary schools to work with parents – particularly those from disadvantaged homes.
It offers four clear and actionable recommendations which we hope will support an evidence-informed approach.
“The home learning environment can be, understandably, the last taboo in education policy – but we can’t afford to ignore it when it comes to social mobility.” Damian Hinds – Education Secretary
- Improve the health and wellbeing of families at your school?
- Improve children’s fitness levels and their readiness to learn?
- Develop the skills of parent volunteers to support other families and the school?
- Increase parental engagement and support the school’s community cohesion?
- Develop a longer term sustainable model to enable families to get more active together?
- Enable families to develop positive networks and reduce isolation?
- After-school activities. This is block of six sessions of fun activities for families held directly after school one night of the week on school premises (A member of school staff would need to be present) Ten different families would do a block of sessions each term which would include a range of accessible activities such as games, skipping, treasure hunts and dance (a total of 30 families over the year).
- Home activities. From these sessions families would also be given activities or challenges to do together at home to try and increase their regular daily activity levels. If they attend the six sessions and complete the home activities they get a bronze award.
- Community Activities. As part of a silver award families would then be encouraged to access other opportunities and facilities in the community in the evenings and weekends (e.g. swimming, cycling, badminton, activities in parks etc.)
- Families who could show that they had sustained increased activity over several terms would then get a gold award.
- Allocate one or two members of staff to be involved with the project including helping to facilitate the after school sessions at the school, supporting the Family Activity Champions and encouraging families to do the home and community activities.
- Recruit appropriate parents to be Champions and identify and encourage targeted families to attend the sessions.
- Provide a hall or gym suitable for 30 adults and children to do family activities immediately after school one day a week for 18 weeks of the year.
- Allocate a member of SLT to have an overview of the project and support its development including enabling recruitment, publicity, monitoring, evaluation and celebration of successful families.
- Staff attending the briefings, training and review sessions.
- In the second year pay a small contribution towards resources ( max £300) out of the school’s Sports Premium funding
- Lend some equipment e.g. balls, beanbags and bibs.
- Six days of comprehensive training for the parent volunteers (Family Activity Champions).
- Briefing for a senior leader and training for the staff supporting the project.
- Ongoing support and visits to the school
- All the resources needed to help recruit families and run the sessions, including publicity, Active Family Bags, activity cards and resources to support the activities, family record cards, resources needed for the after-school activities, certificates and incentives etc.
- Funding to support families to access activities.
- Opportunities to recognise, celebrate and publicise nationally the successful outcomes at your school
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