Parents often want to know how they can work with a school to help their children succeed. Understandably, they are keen to do the best they can for their children but can sometimes be unsure about how to achieve this. Years of experience and research have proven that essential organisational skills lie at the heart of student success. Getting these right – and this is where a real and ongoing commitment from parents is required – makes such a difference for students and ensures that they are ready to learn. In a very real sense, this is central to what parental involvement means.
For parents looking to support their children at school, here are the 8 organisational skills every child needs for school success:
- Positive attitudes: You can support the School by reinforcing the value of the education it provides and its expectations. This sets the right ‘tone’ in the mind of your child.
- Prior preparation: Ensuring that your child is ready for school each day is vital. This means checking that bags are packed the night before with the correct books, assignments and equipment. Uniforms should be laid out ready to wear and any sports kits packed.
- Readiness for learning: A nutritious breakfast is essential to ensure that a child can focus on their work. This should follow a good night’s sleep which is equally vital. A tired child will not learn or participate effectively. For children between 12 and 15 years of age, nine-and-a-half hours per night is recommended.
- Attendance: Ensuring that your child attends school regularly and on time is also important. Illness should really be the only reason for a child not to attend school. If a long absence is unavoidable, contact the School to see how work which will be missed can be accessed. Make sure you let the School know, as soon as possible, of any absence.
- Schedules: A student diary is an excellent starting point to ensure that your child has the time available to complete homework, participate in activities, have time for TV, or gaming, and know when bedtime is. Work with your child to establish clear routines for all of their activities – children thrive on routines.
- Checking: Spend some time ensuring that your child’s student diary is up-to-date and that all assignments have been completed.
- Personal space: Try to ensure that your child always has a place where they can study free from distraction, at specific and agreed times.
- Contact the School: Make sure that you keep in touch with the School if you have concerns or queries. This will prevent relatively minor issues from developing into major ones and provide reassurance.
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