Questions to ask your child’s teacher
Q-What curriculum is my child following?
Q-Can you email me some past papers or the topics covered within the curriculum?
Q-What topics have you already covered?
Q-What topics are you due to cover and when?
Q-Which topics that you have already covered do you feel that my son/daughter needs to work harder at and what do you recommend for us to cover at home?
Q-Are there areas or topics that you feel my son/daughter is strong and confident in?
Q-When will there be internal class tests, if any?
Q-Do you have after school clubs that can support any of this learning?
Q-Are you able to provide us with any books/resources that will help our child’s learning at home?
1-Ask to speak to each subject teacher to get a good understanding of where your child sits with his or her learning in that subject. This does not have to be a face to face meeting, it could be a telephone call or email conversation. I would actually say an email conversation may suit parents best as this gives the teacher the opportunity to write down what your child should have learnt up to this point, what they are going to learn and where the teacher would place your child in that scheme, showing areas that need extra focus.
2-Armed with this knowledge you can now help to set up a homework pattern that supports your child in the subjects where they have perhaps fallen behind. Use this homework pattern to set aside specific hours after school and at the weekends for you and your child to work through those subjects that the teacher has highlighted.
3-Keep in regular contact with your child’s teachers showing your son or daughter that they have full wrap around support at home and within the classroom.
4-If you feel that extra help is required for your child in a specific subject ask friends or relatives who may have specialist knowledge in those subjects to help or you could consider using a tutor. Katie Jayne Tutors are all fully qualified teachers and will ensure that they are covering the correct syllabus for your child. There are numerous other benefits that our team provide to help support your child’s learning. Please contact us for further information and so that we can help you choose a tutor that suits your child’s way of learning, they can work at your child’s own pace and go over subjects already learnt and give foundation to the knowledge.
5-Children with SEN requirements should definitely follow up with the school, many state schools understand the need to provide help to fill in the learning gaps and so it is definitely worth seeing the Schools Head of SEN and also, again, considering an hour or two a week of private tuition from an SEN specialist to help support the learning that is taking place at school.
6-Encourage a positive learning environment at home, a quite place to study away from distractions, or perhaps a workroom or space where Mum/Dad/Brother/Sisters can all work peacefully, encourage topic discussion, enable debate and further reading or visits to educational places at the weekend.
7-Use the online educational tools that are freely available.
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