Recent research demonstrates that parental involvement in their children’s education is a major factor in raising standards. The Government has published a document drawing together this research which states that “schools that have a high level of parental involvement are generally more successful”.
A parent partnership is about collaborating over their education and in particular sharing information about what they are learning and how it is being taught so that parents can fully support their child.
- Parental involvement in a child’s schooling for a child between the ages of 7 and 16 is a more powerful force than family background, size of family and level of parental education.
- Parental involvement has a significant effect on pupil achievement throughout the years of schooling.
- Educational failure is increased by lack of parental interest in schooling.
- In particular, a father’s interest in a schooling is strongly linked to educational outcomes for the child.
- Most parents believe that the responsibility for their child’s education is shared between parents and the school.
- Many parents want to be involved in their children’s education. In a recent study in England 72% of parents said they wanted more involvement.
- The involvement of parents in secondary education has an effect on continued development. Very high parental interest is associated with better exam results than for children whose parents show no interest.
DfES Research Paper: The Impact of Parental Involvement on Children’s Education Key research findings: