New guidance on working with parents

7 December 2018

Parents play a crucial role in supporting their children’s learning, and levels of parental engagement are consistently associated with better academic outcomes. Yet it can difficult to get parents more involved in their child’s learning, especially if their own experiences of school weren’t positive.

The Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) latest guidance report – Working with Parents to Support Children’s Learning – reviews the best available research to offer schools and teachers four recommendations to support parental engagement.

One recommendation focuses on providing practical strategies to support learning at home. When children are younger this can consist of shared activities, such as reading together, or practising letters and numbers. As children get older, getting parents to encourage and be interested t in their children’s learning is more important than direct involvement.

The report – which is free to download from the EEF’s website – also includes guidance on tailoring school communications to encourage parental engagement and offering more intensive support where needed.

This guidance report sits alongside the EEF’s other guidance reports – focused on literacy, maths, metacognition, effective implementation and making best use of teaching assistants – providing the basis for an overall advance towards evidence-informed school improvement.

Posted on 7 December 2018
Posted in: Evidence