The impact of parental involvement on children’s education.

Posted on 22 June 2015 in All news

The impact of parental involvement on children’s education.

In 2007 a research survey was constructed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families to see the impact parental involvement has on children’s education from an early age. The compelling question asked was, ‘How involved do you think you are in your child’s education?’ Around half of the parents surveyed said they felt extremely involved in their child’s school life. The survey then asked the same people if they would like be more involved than they already are and two thirds of parents said yes, even though some of these parents were very involved.

 

Key Findings.

The dominant finding was that parental involvement has a significant effect on children’s educational achievement and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood. The prevailing barrier was work commitments for parents being able to be fully involved. Parental involvement has been proved to be vital for cognitive and social development. In the early years parental involvement has been found to achieve more valuable outcomes.

 

What is parental involvement?

Nearly all children have two main educators in their lives, their teachers and parents. Parents are the key educators until the child attends a nursery or starts school and they still remain a major influence on their children’s learning throughout their school life and beyond. Both the school and parents have crucial roles to play.

Technically there is no actual agreement that states what parental involvement is. It can take many forms, from involvement at the school, maybe as a governor or classroom assistant or helping during lunch breaks, through to reading to the child at home. In our world children are at school for twenty per cent of their time. Despite this low percentage we have a narrow minded view that a child’s education begins when the school bell rings. When you compare early childhood environments, there is less and less interaction between schools and parents as children grow up.

 

Engage Parents.

Many schools find it hard to engage parents in school life yet technology offers a fantastic place to start this process. Technology has enabled schools to showcase their awards, achievements, newsletters, important news, sports fixtures, drama play times and tickets on their websites and more recently on their school apps.

 

Did you know ‘Your parents will use an ‘App’ 6 times more than your website.’?

Ourschoolsapp, a personalised school app by Contact Group, facilitates the school – parent communication well beyond the newsletter. It is a personalised smartphone app for schools. It acts as a contemporary link between the home and the school. The app empowers parents to take a more active and informed role in their child’s education and the school as a community.

The app was produced to solve a communication matter but also to provide that initial step for the issue of parental involvement and engagement. It enables parents to keep up to date with the calendar of school events. With the average time spent on mobile apps being sixty-four percent and on average people checking their mobile phone every six minutes, Ourschoolsapp has the ability to reach over ninety percent of households.

 

 

Blog Post by Amelia Watson