Wednesday 26 June 2019

Helping Your Child Perform Well At School

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We all want our children to perform well at school and most schools take pride in their ability to work with parents to identify and nurture their pupils’ potential. Below are a couple of tips from a private school in Hertfordshire on what you can be doing at home to help support your child to perform well at school.

A sign that reads 'love to learn' on a large pencil shape on a concrete wall

It’s important to know that your child’s potential can be developed and that attitude to learning, known as behaviour for learning, is a key factor in how well your child will perform and will continue to perform throughout their educational journey. Essentially, this is about the attitude your child has when they walk through the gate each morning and more importantly the attitude they have when they ‘get it wrong’ or ‘need to try it again.’

Perhaps one of the hardest things for parents to watch is seeing their children disappointed or seeing them experience failure. However, experiencing failure and responding to this experience is key to how well your child will continue to develop and perform throughout their education and throughout life. So, teaching your child that failure is a stepping stone to success is vital. The well-known saying ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…’ helps encourage your child’s failure rate. You want your child to not fear failure and to develop their resilience to bounce back when they fail something the first few times.

Another tip is to make learning an activity your child loves. You may choose to do through reading together regularly, visiting museums and galleries and sharing in your child’s learning experience. Schools share information about the topics and curriculum that is being taught, so why not supplement this by finding books and places to visit that directly support what your child is learning in class.

Another thing you can do is to remember that children learn best by following example! If you want your child to love reading, then share your love of books and enjoy reading with them. Playing an active role in your child’s learning journey will ultimately support you’re their overall performance. 

Remember to share your own real life and personal learning experiences and remember to model your own love of learning!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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