The involvement of parents and carers in developing their child’s basic skills
Parents and carers play a key role in helping their child acquire and improve their basic skills, and schools should actively seek to engage them in this process. Schools should offer a variety of opportunities for parents and carers to gain a greater understanding of how their child develops in literacy and mathematics. Such opportunities may include:
- providing information about the school’s approach to teaching basic skills
- literacy or mathematics curriculum workshops
- family learning activities
- class/year group topic or curriculum overviews
- home/school diaries
- access to information on the school’s web site
- newsletters and leaflets.
Procedures should be in place that encourage and help parents and carers to support their child’s home learning in basic skills. This should not just involve helping with work that has been set by the teacher, but should also include advice about activities that will help sustain and extend the literacy and mathematics learning that has taken place in school.
Where a child is below the age-appropriate level in literacy and mathematics, parents and carers need to be fully involved in any actions planned by the school and aware of the progress their child is making. This should be in addition to any statutory requirements for the school to report on pupil performance.
Parents and carers should have access to information about any extended services offered by the school, as these may also provide opportunities to improve and extend basic skills.