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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

Parents

Parents, carers and families are by far the most important influences in a child's life. Their support can play a vital role at all stages of education. Parents who take on a supportive role in their child’s learning make a difference in improving achievement and behaviour. Here are some key findings from a recent report;

  • Parental involvement in children’s education from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement, and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood.
  • The quality and content of fathers’ involvement matter more for children’s outcomes than the quantity of time fathers spend with their children.
  • Family learning can provide a range of benefits for parents and children including improvements in reading, writing and numeracy as well as greater parental confidence in helping their child at home.
  • The attitudes and aspirations of parents and of children themselves predict later educational achievement. International evidence suggests that parents with high aspirations are also more involved in their children’s education.