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Parents aren't teachers - they won't always know how much support is the 'right amount' when it comes to helping their child learn at home. See the strategies that 4 schools are using to help discourage parents from doing their child's work for them, and learn how to use it to your advantage if parents insist on getting over-involved.

We'd like to thank the 4 schools who helped us write this article - find out more about them at the bottom of this page. 

Clarify your remote learning expectations with parents 

Let parents and carers know that while you’re glad they’re on your side to help their child learn, you want to make sure pupils are able to do the work independently. Explain that it's important for your school to be able to accurately target support for each pupil to help them do this. 

Set out:

  • How you'll support pupils
  • Your expectations around independent work 
  • Information for parents about the type of help you expect them to provide
  • How parents can contact you if they have concerns about the difficulty of their child’s work, instead of completing it themselves

A video on Denton Community College’s website sets out its home learning

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