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Study advice for parents
The Campaign for Learning found that parental support is eight times more important in determining a child’s academic success than social class. Whilst, we as a school play a vital role in helping your child acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to do their best in each subject, your support and encouragement can make a huge difference to your child’s motivation and ability to cope with the demands of their final GCSE year.
All children differ with regards to their levels of maturity, their ability to take responsibility for their own learning and with their own practical organisational skills. We have produced this guide to help support you as a parent. You do not need to be an expert in any of GCSE subject but rather know what is deemed to be the most productive and effective way of deepening knowledge and developing skills in a particular subject.
Leaders from each subject area have provided guidance, links to various on-line resources, exemplar exam questions and revision materials that your child can work through independently. All materials can be accessed by clicking on the various subject links in this section of the website.
As a parent you can also support in the following ways:
- Providing the tools for homework and revision: a quiet space to work and a “workbox” of pens, paper and other necessities.
- Showing a positive interest in your son / daughter’s school work and helping them with homework (but not doing it for them), testing them on the key topics identified in this booklet.
- Advising your child on how they can break tasks down so that they are manageable, keeping a subtle eye on progress and celebrating achievements, and seeing a positive way forward when things do not go according to plan.
- Agree the rules for homework, coursework and revision. What key goal must be achieved by the end of the session?
- Agree the balance between work and social life and stick to the agreement. Again, flexibility is the key – if a special night comes up, agree that they can make up the work at a specified time
- Encourage your child to access the extensive support that is available at school: after school and holiday revision sessions, revision materials which are available in this booklet and from classroom teachers, support from Sixth Form students.
- If possible, purchase revision guides or on-line revision resources. This can help ensure that your child’s revision notes are moulded to the content and the questions that they will actually be asked.
- Write key dates in your diary and the dates of GCSE examinations