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Stop Arguing Over Homework

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Change to the Published Calendar

As a consequence of Tet custom, we have decided it is not ideal to hold the parent teacher evenings on February 7 and February 14 2017. The new dates are as follows:

Year 12: 21 February 2017 3pm-7pm
Year 11: 28 February 2017 3pm-7pm

The Importance of Parent Evenings

It was pleasing to see so many Year 9 parents attend Tuesday’s Parents’ Evening. These information evenings give you an ideal opportunity to learn about your child’s education. By attending you are supporting their learning and helping to form a relationship with the school that can only improve your child’s chances of successful progress.

As your children get older and they progress through the British International Curriculum, their school work becomes increasingly unfamiliar to you. As parents, we become anxious as to whether we can support our children and help them with their homework. This anxiety is not necessary. Studies tell us that parents who try to directly help their children with homework sometimes delay their progress. Research suggests that parents who show a genuine interest in their child’s learning by asking questions about their child’s education are more successful in encouraging a positive learning attitude in their children.

What should I ask my child about school?

The following questions are an example of the type of positive questions that parents can ask their children:

What did you learn today?
What was your favourite lesson in science this week?
How do you feel when you find a part of the lesson difficult?
Who could you ask for help with this subject?
Where do you think you are making the most progress and why?
Why do you enjoy Teacher X’s lessons so much?
What questions do you need to ask your teacher next week?

These questions encourage your children to reflect on their learning and also show that you care. The result might be that your child becomes an independent thinker who enjoys school. This has to be better than arguing over homework!

Tim Webb, Head of Secondary
 

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