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The Value of Involved Parents

29 January 2015

A team has far more chance of success than an individual who may be left to the quirks of luck and innate skill to find success. Wouldn't you rather have someone to advise you, discuss ideas with you, help you relax and motivate you when the going gets tough?

As a parent, teacher and a Head of School I simply do not believe the perspective that parental help does not have an academic impact on your children. In fact at BISS Puxi we do as much as we can to engage parents in the learning journey their children take, because we believe it helps. We fully embrace the idea that an interested and informed parent is a positive contribution to the development of a child and their chances of success. 

We send an email home every night to parents and students informing them of what happened in each lesson that day and what their homework is. This is something that helps stimulate important social conversations within the family and cognise for the student what they have learnt, as well as further involving the family in ongoing learning. However, I also recognise the need for balance: we need to ensure that our children learn to think and work for themselves and that we all recognise the value and pitfalls of a driven family environment. There is plenty of valuable academic research ranging from the American Psychological Association to the British Department of Children, Schools and Family that show that regular parent involvement has a more powerful impact on child development than any other variables such as family background, size of family and parental level of education.

I am lucky to have seen some of the best schools, teachers, students and parents from around the world. I firmly believe that parents need to be at the heart of working with the school and their children, for our students to succeed.

- Chris Share, Head of Secondary