Guidance on Working with Parents to Support Children’s Learning

Report by the Education Endowment Foundation (UK)

“Schools and parents have a shared interest in doing the best for their children. However, it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. Some parents feel anxious about reading to their children, particularly if they struggle with their own literacy skills. Others worry that they can’t afford the same sort of books or trips out that other families can. Schools also do not always know how they can work with families most effectively.

This is why we’ve produced this guidance report. It offers primary and secondary schools four practical and evidence-based recommendations on working with parents so that they can support their child’s learning at home.”

Recommendation 1 Critically review how you work with parents
Recommendation 2 Provide practical strategies to support learning at home
Recommendation 3 Tailor school communications to encourage positive dialogue about learning
Recommendation 4 Offer more sustained and intensive support where needed