At The Farnley Academy we greatly value and recognise the importance of parental engagement as a key strategy for improving the levels of attainment and the overall progress made by all of our students. As a parent or carer, you have the greatest influence on the achievement of your child.
What is parental / family engagement?
Put simply, parental and family engagement means when the family of a student is involved in their school life. Engaged families will visit school when appropriate, communicate with staff and have conversations with their child about their school life. It's not only mothers and fathers who have a part to play. Carers, grandparents, older siblings – whoever is a significant adult in the lives of children can be engaged.
Why is parental engagement important?
Young people have two main educators in their lives; their parents / families and their teachers. Both school and home have crucial roles to play in the education of children with cooperation and communication between the two being the ideal position. Research has conclusively shown that parental and family engagement in their child's education has benefits reaching far beyond the classroom. Indicators show that when parents / family are in regular communication with school, the student, teachers and parents all benefit.
What are some of the benefits of parental engagement?
Investigations conducted by the National Child Development Studies have proved that when parents take an active involvement in a child's schooling, exam results, progress in literacy and numeracy and overall enjoyment of education are all improved. An example of this is the acceleration of young people's reading ability when the family support with and encourage reading at home. When families engage in leisure activities together, such as visiting museums, going to the theatre or trying a new type of food together, a notable improvement in academic progress and even employment opportunities in later life is made according to research conducted by the British Cohort Study.
What happens when parents are not engaged in their child's school life?
Studies have shown that when a child's parents are not engaged in their education, the child is at a disadvantage to their peers. Academic progress such as reading ages and test scores are often not as high as those students whose parents are engaged with school. In some severe cases where children's parents had no engagement in school, students have been recorded to leave school with below average GCSE results and suffered difficulty in securing employment or training.
What can I do to support my child at The Farnley Academy?
- Check their student planner every day and speak with your child about homework.
- Login in to eSchools to check for updates on the calendar or visit Class Pages of the subjects your child takes.
- Contact your child's form tutor if you have any concerns about your son or daughter's progress in lessons or wellbeing at school.
- Attend Parent Consultation Evenings to meet the class teachers and find out how you can help with specific subjects.
- Our Engage evenings provide you and your child the opportunity to come in to school after the school day and enjoy a joint learning and information session together. They are friendly and relaxed sessions designed to enhance student learning at home. Check your child's planner regularly to see if one is coming up!
- Enjoy activities together in the evening and weekend. Check the Class Pages on eSchools to see what your child is studying and make a visit linked to the subject. There's no need to spend a lot of money, simply embarking on a visit or activity together will have a big impact on your child.