Your Involvement

Your legal responsibilities, advice for parent-teacher meetings and guides to being a governor, joining the PTA or volunteering in school.

  • How to help with primary reading, maths, homeworkFather and son reading © 'Olga Lyubkina - Fotolia.com'Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read...
  • Supporting your child at secondary schoolTeenager doing homeworkThe beginning of the school day can be a rush for everyone. Your child will need to be far more organized at secondary school than he or she was at primary...
  • Getting to and from schoolWalking to schoolWalking is a great way to get to school - it's healthy, free and doesn't create pollution. It also reduces traffic congestion during the 'school run'.
  • Contact between school and parentsParent and teacherResearch shows that good links between you and your child’s school improve their enjoyment and chances of doing well. The more you know about what your...
  • School attendance and your legal responsibilitiesSchool assemblyAs a parent, you’re legally responsible for making sure your child attends school regularly unless you’re home-educating.
  • Supporting your child's sex educationTeensSex and Relationships Education (SRE) is taught as part of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) under the National Curriculum.
  • Parent Teacher AssociationsParents and teachers meetingMost schools have a Parent Teacher Association (PTA), which is an organisation of parents and staff. Its role is to encourage closer links between home...
  • Volunteering in your child’s schoolVolunteer with pupilClassroom helpers volunteer to assist teachers on a regular basis, usually in primary schools. They help with tasks like listening to pupils read. Reading...
  • Does your child need a tutor?A tutor helps a boy with his school work © 'Rob @ Fotolia.com'A tutor is a teacher you pay to work with your child, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of a small group. Usually the tutor focuses on a particular...
  • How to become a nursery nurseA nursery school nurse leads a music lesson © moodboard @ Fotolia.comA nursery nurse works with young children - ranging in age from birth to around seven - helping them to develop and learn.
  • Packed lunches - how to keep them healthyPrimary school pupils enjoying their packed lunch © micromonkey @ Fotolia.comYour child might like the idea of a packed lunch - most do - but should you say yes?
  • Sleep mattersA boy asleep at his desk © Fotolia XIII @ Fotolia.comExperts acknowledge that sleep plays a significant role in brain development, and it is therefore important for children to get enough sleep as their bodies...
  • How to become a teaching assistantA teaching assistant helping a student © micromonkey @ Fotolia.comA teaching assistant (TA) works alongside a class teacher in either a primary or a secondary school. He or she might work one-to-one with individual pupils...
  • Being a school governorMeetingSchool governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors - together they’re called the 'governing...

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