I am a firm believer that a key element to student success is involving parents in the learning process. There are many ways parents make a difference in their children’s success at school. Parents who talk with their children about their day at school or who listen to children read or who volunteer as chaperones on school trips are all examples of engaged parents. Research has shown that parent involvement that is focused on student learning has the greatest impact on achievement.
From our recent parent consultations, to our extensive range of learning forums, teachers have many occasions to engage directly with parents and gain a more fulsome understanding of their worlds. One way for parents to connect to the school is through the involvement of their children. If students are performing, presenting or competing at the school, family members will often be in attendance. This was beautifully illustrated at recent events: cross country, Diwali assemblies and the Year 5 Wax Work Museum.
Parents have a primary influence on their children’s attitudes toward school, learning and their future success. Professor John Hattie, an inspirational Antipodean researcher in education, states that “Schools have an important role in helping parents learn the language of schooling so that the parents can provide every possible assistance to their children in terms of developing the child’s learning and love of learning, and in creating the highest possible shared expectations for learning.”
Part of my role at BISC-LP is to create a program of learning forums for parents. In the past we have hosted sessions about how we teach reading, ways to learn multiplication tables, and even speed stacking! Our first learning forum of the year – our approach to teaching cursive handwriting - attracted over 80 parents! If you are interested in finding out more about Juilliard, Global Campus and phonics, then check the school diary as these take place after the term break. As always, if you want to know more about a topic, subject or anything related to school, please let me know and I will do my best to host a parent learning forum.
-Dale Burr, Deputy Headteacher