The Role of Parents

Children perform better in school if their parents are involved in their education. Parents can do many things to support and be involved in their child’s learning – for example, they can provide encouragement and express interest in their child’s education. Parents can expect that teachers will be culturally aware and sensitive to the school-community relationship and that teachers will support parental involvement in school life. One purpose of this document is to inform parents about what their children are learning and why this learning is important.

This awareness will further enable parents to communicate with teachers, to offer relevant information, and to ask questions about their child’s progress. Knowledge of their child and awareness of the teacher’s observations will also help parents to interpret the assessment of their child’s learning and to work with the teacher to improve and facilitate their child’s progress. Participating in parent conferences, working on the school council, talking with their child about life at school, and reading with their child are some of the many ways in which parents can take an active part in their child’s education.