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Your support

Your support

Your support is essential in helping your child to realise their full potential. Please inform us of any issues which you feel may impact upon their learning or general well-being.
 

Start to the Academy Day:
  • The beginning of the day can be a rush. Your child will need to be organised so that they are ready to learn.  Encourage your child to pack their school bag and lay out their uniform before going to bed each evening.
  • Try to make sure your child eats breakfast - this provides essential energy and will help them perform better at school.
  • Allow plenty of time for your child to get to school - build extra time into your morning routine so that if there are transport problems they won’t be late for tutor time.
  • Each evening check for letters home or consent forms to sign as this will help avoid early morning panic and items being forgotten.
     
Homework:
  • Look for opportunities to talk to your child about schoolwork. Try to find topics you’re both interested in so it’s more of a conversation than an interrogation. Ask your child if there’s anything you can do to help with homework.
  • Your child may be unwilling to show you work if they are not happy with it. They need sensitive encouragement. Too much criticism can make it difficult for them to show you work again.
  • Set aside a place for homework to be done, this can be as simple as the end of the kitchen table or as elaborate as a desk with a lamp in a special place (perhaps your child’s room).
  • Make sure the necessary equipment is available – pencils, eraser, paper, etc.
  • Set aside a special time for homework each day, don’t wait until your child is nearly ready for bed, it is  likely they will be too tired.
  • Insist that the television is turned off so that your child can concentrate, sometimes playing music at low volume helps to mask household sounds.
  • If there is a lot of homework, help your child structure the time, set a timer and encourage short breaks  of a few minutes.
  • Don’t give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information or find a word in a dictionary.
  • Sign your child’s homework planner for the appropriate week and report any concerns to your child’s form tutor via the planner.
     
General Advice:
  • Encourage them to attend regularly. Make doctor/dentist appointments outside school hours or in school holidays. Insist your child aims for 100% attendance.
  • Contact their tutor if you have any concerns.
  • Insist that your child is punctual and arrives at school by 8.45a.m.
  • Remind them of our shared expectations from the Home/Academy Agreement.
  • Check that they have the right equipment for the day. If they forget anything, equipment can be dropped off at Visitors‘ Reception.
  • Read and sign their Student Planner each week. Check it is being used effectively.
  • Insist they work hard, listen and follow instructions.
  • Support them by attending Parents’ Evenings.