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How to get parents engaged with their children’s learning

There is growing consensus that parental involvement is the most important factor in a child’s education, but more elusive is how schools can achieve this in any meaningful way. Henry Hepburn looks at some of the initiatives being used to build positive relationships with families that will, in turn, improve outcomes for pupils

How parents help child engagement

It’s a scene played out in thousands of households across the land at this time of year: Mum or Dad bellows up the stairs, “Have you started your revision yet?”

In a handful of homes in the heart of Scotland, however, an unusual reply may echo back down: “Have you started yours?”

Larbert High School in Falkirk has won plaudits for its work in “parental engagement” – a term becoming ubiquitous in Scottish education – and its most eye-catching idea is to have some parents sitting the same courses, and even exams, as their children.

It’s a long way from traditional notions of how to get ...

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