John Hattie, the research-led educationalist, found that "the effect of parental engagement over a student's school career is equivalent to adding two or three years to that student's education".
The more a parent is involved in their children’s education, the better they will do.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an economic organisation with 37 member countries. Every year they conduct the PISA tests, which are used to evaluate the educational systems of countries around the world by looking at performance in maths, science, and reading.
In 2009, the Pisa team interviewed parents of 5,000 students on how they raised their children and compared the answers with the test scores. There were three discoveries made.
- Then importance of early reading: fifteen-year-olds whose parents often read books with them during their first year of primary school had higher scores than students whose parents did not.
- This was true of every family, no matter their economic situation. Rich or not, children whose parents read to them at an early age consistently do better in school.
- When parents discussed life and talked about learning regularly with their children, test results were better. We know that when parents are engaged in their children’s learning, they will do better.
We want to help parents do this, so have produced the following guides to help parents use this book to help their children.