One of the most important things about Parental Engagement is that it works with children of all ages and by that I mean 4 -19. Undoubtedly, results are stronger with younger children but they are still impressive if your children are in their late teens.
One of the factors that has stopped generations of young people achieving their potential is the belief that when a child starts their secondary or high school education, they are becoming more independent. Many parents and pupils see this move as the catalyst for the child to take responsibility for their education and accordingly, at this point, many parents ‘butt out’. What a mistake.
The move to secondary or high school should be seen as part of the process of increasing the amount of responsibility we give our children; not a total hand-over. In what other areas of life do we give people so young total responsibility for something that can have such an important impact on the rest of their lives?
Parents have got to show that they still have a deep interest in their children’s studies no matter what their age.
Will the children mind?
Well, that will depend on the child. Research tells us that children of all ages respond positively to Parental Engagement. That does not mean however that they are going to love the idea from the start; what adolescent who has been the sole gatekeeper to their education for a few years would want their parents re-engaging? If anything, opposition from your child is probably the strongest indication you can have that you need to be more engaged with their education.