Pupils benefit more if their parents support them at home, rather than taking part in school activities, say researchers from Warwick university. They found that when parents and teachers work together to improve learning it can lead to a significant rise in achievement. But parents have the greatest influence if they create a home environment conducive to learning. The researchers also found that the level of parental support for learning is heavily linked to socio-economic status. School-run literacy and parenting classes are helpful in encouraging reluctant parents to become involved in pupils' learning.