WEEK 20 - Friday 11 February 2022
Education is a team effort! You and your child’s teachers can work together to support your child’s learning success. Students are better capable of flourishing in school when they have the support and encouragement of their parents. There are many ways that parents can be involved to help their children be engaged and positive with their learning.
Children are like sponges! Learning is a constant process for them. They are always watching and listening, so there are plenty of opportunities to teach them new things. Even simple tasks may give you a chance to introduce new concepts. For example, your child may see you paying a household bill, and wonder what you are doing. That everyday chore is a chance to provide an early lesson in how paying for goods and services works. Paying attention to the lessons your child is learning at school can help you to connect to your child’s life at home. My own children are in year 10 and have begun their option choice subjects this year. I make it a family non-negotiable to discuss what topics they are currently studying in their option subjects. This is now something the boys expect to happen each night at the dinner table. It’s amazing how they adapt to this routine so quickly, and are now both trying to outdo each other with their knowledge and understanding of these new subject concepts that they are striving to excel in. I see it as my own parental responsibility to play an active part in their learning and how they cope with the day to day challenges they face at school.
Parents should also feel empowered to reach out and regularly communicate with their child’s teachers and heads of year. I hopefully have made this clear in previous blogs. Certainly teachers are very busy. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to hear from you. In fact, the opposite is true. Teachers appreciate parents who want to be involved in making the school year a successful one. I have the privilege of speaking to many of you as the head of year 9. This communication can have a huge impact on the progress that your child can make in our school. As we embark on a return to some normality after the whole Covid19 situation, I really hope that I can develop these relationships even further and have the opportunity to meet with more parents face to face to support you and your families throughout your child's time at Hessle High.
Another great way to connect home learning with school learning is to be an active participant during homework time. This does not mean doing the child’s homework for them! Instead, review the homework to get a better idea of the concepts your child is learning. See how your child approaches the homework. This is a great time to notice where your child thrives, where they might need help, or other learning difficulties they might be facing. You can take note of these tendencies, and share them with us which will provide us with the opportunity to implement further support and early intervention strategies.
As I stated at the start of this blog…education really is a team effort! By working together, supporting each other, we really can have a positive impact on every student's educational journey.
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Head of Year 9
Assistant Head of Year 9