Last week we published our 2022 impact report, highlighting our work supporting parents of all backgrounds to engage in learning. It’s been a great opportunity to reflect on all our achievements to date and think about our next steps.
In this blog, we look at some highlights of our work over the past year.
1 - We supported over 8,000 families across 80 schools to engage in learning at home
Through our Maths and English programme, we made it easy and fun for these parents to engage in learning.
Through Learning with Parents, families receive accessible information about what their child has learnt at school in the form of short, child-led videos. They are then given hands-on, play-based and open-ended activities to explore with their child.
This breaks down barriers to home learning for parents who may be time poor, lack confidence, or have low levels of literacy and numeracy themselves. Parents are upskilled in the language and methods used at school, and learning is reinforced at home for their child. This leads to better pupil outcomes.
Julia Shingler, headteacher at Causeway Green Primary School outside of Birmingham, told us:
“Learning with Parents gives parents real ownership over the home learning – they can choose how much they do and how long they spend on the activities and I know this helps take any pressure off their home-lives…A Year 4 parent recently told me that the activities have encouraged them to have more family time!”
2 - 70% of parents surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that they and their child enjoyed learning together through our programme
Our activities are built around the idea of play, making it as fun as possible for families to engage in learning together at home. This not only improves child confidence and attitudes towards learning, but also supports more habitual learning interactions. The more fun both parent and child have whilst doing one of our activities, the more likely they are to return for more.
By putting play at the heart of our programme, we support families to build habits of frequently engaging with learning at home.
3 - Parents and children left over 161,000 comments for teachers to read about their home learning
These comments give schools a unique insight into the learning that happens at home. We’ve shared a selection of our favourites below:
“Jess enjoyed this as she got to make a mess in the garden.” – Sam, parent
“Mummy helped me lay out all the shapes and I chose some great shapes to build my model. I made it look like a robot person too!” – Elsa, Year 2
“Billy really enjoyed using his imagination and incorporating maths into the situation. He pretended to have a cake picnic with his favourite teddies…They then left on the bus.” – Lauren, parent