Parents v Education
The percentage of students in England whose parents were reported to be involved with their school that the child attended, rose significantly between the years of 1999 and 2007; this included: attendance to school events or volunteering on a school committee .They also went to regular parent/teacher meeting to discuss their child’s work. Nevertheless these statistics have remained the same in 2012.The effect of the parents’ involvement in the child’s education tends to show in academic performance as well as fewer behavioural problems .There is a higher probability of the child completing secondary school compared to students whose parents are oblivious to their child’s progress and decreasing grades. A current meta-analysis showed that parental involvement in school life impacted on high academic performances. Children, whose parents help them with their homework, benefit greatly with their understanding of the subject .This also affects how teachers view the child on average, with at least two thirds of a class not wanting to learn or not paying attention (in the state sector). It has been said that sometimes teachers pay more attention to children with very involved parents. Therefore, they will be able to identify any medical or learning difficulties at early stages that might inhibit learning.
The involvement helps parents have a better understanding of the curriculum and this allows them to observe the school and classroom activities .This gives parents an insight into which areas in specific subjects the child needs encouragement or support in. Encouragement in acceptable classroom behaviour will teach the child the difference between right and wrong, backing up what teachers are saying. Benefits of parental involvement is demonstrated in both primary and secondary levels across all subjects; usually the biggest effect is in the primary sector. Research shows that involvement of both parents, regardless of whether they live separately or together, is beneficial to the child. In 2012 more than 90% of students from nursey through to year 6 had a parent attending a meeting with the teacher compared to the 57% of students in secondary school. Attendance at class or school events however peaked at secondary school.
Even though it helps them academically, there is always the chance that you will be able to find out whether there are any problems with teachers or friends for example bullying or being ignored by the teacher. In class teachers are usually able to identify whether there is a problem as their school work may be slacking or they are reluctant to go outside. At school children may have pressure from their peers to do well however when at home they can relax and not have to worry.
School encourage aspiring parents because it puts the teacher’s minds at rest that the children are supported well at home. It may seem small, but taking an interest in your child’s day effects them mentally and emotionally. They are more likely to have a positive attitude to school and all it entails.
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