Back to school tips from tutor Sarah!

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Pencils at the ready! Back to school is on!

AS YOU PREPARE YOUR CHILD TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL, SIGNATURE TUITION DIRECTOR, SARAH GORDON, SHARES HER BACK-TO-SCHOOL TOP TIPS!

WHAT ARE YOUR WORDS OF WISDOM FOR PARENTS AS THEY PREPARE THEIR CHILDREN FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR?

Communicate. Regularly! This is my absolute number one tip!


From your child’s first day back at school, I really do advise opening the lines of communication with all educational professionals that your child works with. This may include their teachers, tutors, heads of year, learning support assistants and pastoral heads.


Communicating with your child’s teacher(s) is something I advise parents to do – and do a lot! Not just because it’s a great way to show your interest in your child’s education and development, but also because it ensures that any problems that may crop up in the school year can be resolved swiftly. This is crucial as it’s much easier to nip problems in the bud earlier, rather than giving them chance to grow into a ‘real’ problem later.


More than that, though, it keeps all key parties (your child, educational professionals and you!) accountable and involved in the very real process of your child’s educational development. For learning success, this is key.


PLAN AHEAD


Make sure you have a copy of your child’s timetable pinned somewhere visible. Whilst supporting your child in building their own sense of independence in bag-packing, completion of homework for particular lessons etc, you can also subtly over-see how well this is going.


One of the biggest headaches for teachers – and thus parents and students – is a student who isn’t organised. Whilst it sounds small-fry, repeatedly forgetting essentials (home-works, pens, books) can lead to falling behind in learning and lessons. Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to barriers to progression in learning!


HAVE A HOMEWORK HOUR!


Devise a homework ‘hour’ (that’s an hour at least – depending on age and school-year). This is an agreed upon hour (a day / every two days / twice a week) where there will be no mobile devices about and no big distractions.


It means homework is given the time and focus needed to support your child’s independent learning effectively. Building this in, in advance, and around activities such sports classes, hobbies, socialising and dinner-times really does help to reduce any homework-conflict or upset. A clear set of expectations set early on really is the secret to learning success – without strife!


Check out our other back to school tips here for more in our Back-to-School series


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