Schools Should Teach Parents alongside Their Children

According to a new research by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), reports has suggested that millions of children are being held back in school because their parents have such low levels of literacy and numeracy.

Pupils across England and Wales are struggling in the classroom as a result of poor basic skills among parents and a lack of books in the home – leading to a dip in their education outside school hours.

It was claimed that Britain was a “nation in crisis” because standards of literacy and numeracy were now so low in large numbers of families.

The report suggests that parents and pupils should be taught side-by-side in schools and that “family learning” should be a key part of school life and could help improve children’s academic achievement.

Apparently this report follows just after a major international report found that the literacy and numeracy rates of England’s 16 to 24-year-olds were among the lowest in the developed world.

Young people in England came 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. It put them behind nations such as Japan, Finland and the Netherlands, according to the study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

England was the only country in which school leavers had lower levels of basic skills than adults nearing retirement.

NIACE’s Family Learning Inquiry now calls for family learning to be a key part of schools’ attempts to raise attainment and close the gap between high and low achievers.

“Family learning can close the attainment gap and help end the ‘life-chance lottery’ by creating a culture of aspiration in every family,” the report said.

We will be on the lookout for such family learning programmes which help transform the prospects for adults and children and let parents be aware of them. If you do know of such programs, please do let us know. Thanks


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