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​Strategies for Parents and the Community


v  Make the school aware of special skills and knowledge you have (e.g. Dreamtime storytelling, cooking, aeronautics) that may contribute to learning, or in the case of community organisations, the services you provide such as early years intervention, health and teen support.
v  Ask your children's teachers for practical literacy and numeracy activities that can support what they are learning in class.
v  Discuss with your children's teacher, or the school, ways you can contribute to your child's learning progress. Discuss also how the school can help you develop knowledge or skills in special areas of interest or need such as student resilience, literacy and numeracy.
v  Remember that you don't have to be an expert in curriculum subjects to help your children. You can support them in other ways, for example:
ü  Show an interest in your children's progress, interests and difficulties
ü  Help your children with effective study habits - for example setting a dedicated time and space aside for homework and organising tasks
ü  Provide access to reading materials (e.g. from your local library)
ü  Help your children seek assistance from their teacher
ü  Encourage your children to share their experiences
ü  Celebrate your children's achievements and efforts and encourage them to meet appropriately high expectations.
v  Ask the school about accessing support materials and activities online, and discuss these resources with your child and other parents.
v  Work with the school on goal setting and career planning for your children.
v  Help the school partner with cultural groups and Elders.
v  For community education providers and employment agencies, work with the school on strategies to support transitions between primary school and secondary school, higher education and the workforce.
v  Engage in learning partnerships in ways that are appropriate for your children's ages and stages of development. For example:
Junior Secondary
ü  Consistently talk with your child about your high expectations for them.
ü  Discuss with the teacher how you can stretch and challenge your child's learning at home.
ü  Encourage your child to read aloud to you regularly (e.g. each day for 10 minutes) from a variety of texts, such as library books, newspapers, magazines and internet sites.
ü  Provide motivation for your child and assistance with homework and assignments.
ü  Help the school to organise workshop sessions for other parents on topics of interest or need.
Senior Secondary
ü  Work with your child each term to develop a realistic study plan.
ü  Attend career expos and expose your child to the range of career paths available.
ü  Help your child to deal with distractions and competing priorities