How Parents Can Support at Home

Parents are encouraged to interact with students in the completion of their homework and are encouraged to check Moodle for homework tasks on a regular basis.  Conversations between parent and child on the topic of homework support the learning process and foster positive relationships at home.

Role of the Parent:

  • To ensure your child has all of the correct equipment to work effectively.
  • To ensure your child has a table, chair and is not disturbed whilst working.
  • To check homework diaries and Moodle regularly.
  • To discuss with your child a suitable time to complete homework as time with the family is important too.
  • To check presentation of homework being returned to school.
  • To sign the homework diary each week.
  • To provide the school with information about any problems through the student planner.

Asking Questions

When speaking with your child it is important to ask the right questions, not questions that are closed and result in you getting one word answers. Try asking the following questions instead:

  • What’s the biggest difference between this year and last year?
  • Can I see your planner?
  • Can you show me something you learned (or did) today?
  • If today was a song, what would it be?
  • What was the hardest thing you had to do today?
  • If your day at school today was a movie, what movie would it be?
  • Which days look best on your timetable?
  • If your day at school was an emoticon, which one would it be?
  • “I know you were stressed out about that English test. What happened?”
  • Can you talk me through your report/results?

For many students their answers will reflect on the type of day they have had. The questions above are a great starting point to ask more questions.

If you are concerned regarding the progress of your child at school please contact their mentor in the first instance.

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