Map your child’s goals at school

Map your child’s goals at school

Whether your child is just starting school or facing tough exams; it’s important to help them get the most from their education. Try these tips to help with child development and achieving his or her potential for the academic year ahead.


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• Remember that your child needs to feel supported not pressurized.
• Each child follows their own progress at school and can’t simply be compared with friends’ achievements.
• Don’t be downhearted – sometimes children make sudden improvements and at other times it takes a while for a subject to ‘click’.
• Check out our teacher Sarah Breame’s advice on understanding school results: How well is my school doing at school?
• See also teacher Louise Farnell’s insights on how to prepare for the exam years ahead.

What are your child’s educational goals?
• If you ask, teachers can give you a list of targets that suit your child. These are often simple targets you can help support at home, eg: learning to count up in 5s, or to use more descriptive words in sentences.
• For teens – encourage them to what research qualifications or work experience might help them take their next step in life. Offer your own advice from personal experience but don’t be too heavy about it – even if the goal is to ‘do more sport’, and not about a career, try to work out an action plan together.


Homework & looking ahead

• Whatever your child’s age, check out what learning routines and tests are coming up over the next two years. You don’t need to practice for these at home (in fact that might confuse your child), but it gives you a chance to get familiar with what’s ahead and be supportive if your child has questions.
• Find out about homework patterns so you can help your child cope with the workload and avoid booking activities at busy times in the week. See Managing homework time.

Savvy tip
Find out what topics are going to be covered in the coming year. A day trip to a medieval castle or a Tudor mansion is fun and can make something like a history project more ‘real’ for your child and might even make homework fun.

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