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Secondary teachers helping parents help children

24/11/2011 Joanna
A successful scheme to get parents engaged in their children's school work is now into its fourth consecutive year at a school in West Yorkshire.

Secondary teachers at Leeds' Morley Academy have been helping parents and carers learn more about English, maths and science, as well as a variety of other subjects, in a bid to build closer links between school and home.

The Engage: Bringing Parents and Education Together scheme runs every week and allows parents of children in any age group to get involved.

More than 100 families have now signed up to the programme and the Academy has seen students' attainment levels and attendance increase in the four years since its creation, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported.

Emma Cromack, a maths teacher at the school who heads the Engage initiative, told the newspaper: "In the last few years, interest has increased from just a handful of families to over a hundred which is a fantastic achievement."

Held in the Academy's library, the one and a half hour sessions are based on a 'pass it on' philosophy, with participants encouraged to move around and teach each other what they have learned.

The Academy believes that the vibrant mix of activities helps parents and carers to better understand how they can contribute to their child's learning, but also creates valuable social capital and sense of community within the school.

Acting assistant principal Sharon Hook commented that the success of the project is down to the outstanding work of the school staff, who she says are dedicated to the project and plan superb learning activities for all involved.

She said: "Many more are now keen to engage with us to develop the knowledge and skills required to support students in learning at home," the newspaper quoted.

"They have a much clearer idea about what's going on in school and can feel more comfortable and confident in offering help."ADNFCR-2164-ID-801220379-ADNFCR
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