What difference can I make to my child’s learning?

Parents, families and carers are some of the most important influences on a child’s education. When parents and carers are engaged in their child’s education, the child is more likely to attend school and do better.

Research conducted in 2012 by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth on behalf of the Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau confirms that positive parent engagement in student learning enhances the academic attainment and wellbeing of children and young people.[i]

Parent engagement is important. It is a powerful way to improve the educational achievement of a child and it works no matter what background a parent has.

Many studies have found that students with engaged parents were more likely to:

  • get higher grades and test scores, and enrol in higher-level programs

  • have better social and emotional wellbeing

  • be promoted, and pass their classes

  • attend school regularly

  • have better social skills, show improved behaviour, and adapt well to school

  • graduate and go on to postsecondary education.[ii]

Did you know?

The Australian Government released Learning Potential, a free app for parents. Learning Potential is packed with useful tips and inspiring ways you can be more involved in your child’s learning.
Download Learning Potential from the App Store or Google Play or go to www.learningpotential.gov.au for more information.

[i] Emerson, Fear, Fox & Sanders, 2012.

[ii] Henderson & Mapp, 2002.

[iii] Desforges & Abouchaar, 2003.