Parents urged to be more involved in children’s learning

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Parents need to be more involved with their child’s learning from an early age, a major education conference is to be told today.

During the latest meeting in Suffolk County Council’s Raising the Bar initiative, Dr Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), was due to stress the importance of parents and carers talking to and reading with children.

He will point to national research which shows that parents talking to their children, spending time enhancing their self-esteem and monitoring out of school activities such as homework are all ‘constantly associated with improving pupil outcomes’.

The foundation is a national charity which aims to invest £200 million over the next 15 years in programmes that improve educational achievement.

Bosses at the county council hope they will be in a position to bid for funding.

Raising the Bar is looking at how to drive up educational attainment, aspiration and employability in the county.