Portsmouth parents go back to school to help their children with studies

PARENTS returned to the classroom to brush up their skills in a bid to help their children with homework.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 5:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 10:35 am

As part of Aspirations Week, Meredith Infant School welcomed families to a maths lesson. The aim is to give parents the knowledge and confidence to help children with their studies.

The session was part of a five-week programme which also covers English, reading and arts and crafts sessions.

Jade Silvester, 34, who is now training to become a teaching assistant, said: ‘The sessions have been a massive help to enable me to support my children with their homework. Lessons are really different to when I was at school – the terminology has changed completely.

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Parents are taking part in a sessions looking at how they can help support their children with their homework at Meredith Infant School, Portsmouth. Sue Parkes, left, teaching parents and their children. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘This just gives me more confidence to know what I’m teaching them is correct.’

Her daughter Hallie Belle, six, added: ‘It’s really fun when my mum comes in and she can help me with my work at school. I want to be a teacher when I grow up.’

Parent Emma Ferguson feels the sessions also help strengthen the relationship between the school and local families.

‘It really opens your mind and gives you an insight into the importance of school and what they’re trying to achieve,’ she said.

Parents are taking part in a sessions looking at how they can help support their children with their homework at Meredith Infant School, Portsmouth. Tiger Wilson, seven, with his mum, Marie Wilson. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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It’s a sentiment shared by Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Suzy Horton.

Cllr Horton said: ‘As well as being able to support children with their learning it’s about parents having a positive view of schools and an understanding of what goes on.

‘Hopefully this will lead to a better understanding of the importance of education which in turn can increase aspirations within families.’

Parents are taking part in a sessions looking at how they can help support their children with their homework at Meredith Infant School, Portsmouth. Abbie, six, learning numbers with Emma Ferguson. Picture: Habibur Rahman

For some parents the Family Learning Course creates that initial spark which re-engages them with education.

Family Learning Programme lead, Sue Parkes, who runs the course, said: ‘We’ve a lot of examples of parents who come on the course who have their own aspirations reignited.

‘They decide to come on our functional skills courses at The Learning Place where they can get Level 2 qualifications in maths and English before going onto further education. There are a number of parents who are now teaching assistants, midwives and nurses.’

The family learning programme currently runs at schools across the city.

Parents are taking part in a sessions looking at how they can help support their children with their homework at Meredith Infant School, Portsmouth. Cllr Susie Horton with some of the children. Picture: Habibur Rahman
Parents are taking part in a sessions looking at how they can help support their children with their homework at Meredith Infant School, Portsmouth. Hallie-belle Lancett, six, with Jade Sylvester. Picture: Habibur Rahman