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How to help your child succeed at school

How to help your child succeed at school

Wyse, Dominic, 1964-

This is a practical, real-world guide helping parents help their children succeed at school. It advises parents and children of all ages on how they can best support their child through the education system, maximising their confidence, academic abilities and all-round success

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall Life, 2007
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    9926124771 General Non-Fiction 371.192 Parenting Due back 4th September


Statement of responsibility: Dominic Wyse ; consultancy and contributions by James Harrison
ISBN: 0273714031, 9780273714033
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 191 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Education Parent participation.


  1. The Basics for any age
  2. q Being a parent
  3. o Creating the right environment
  4. § What is the right environment?
  5. § Why does it matter?
  6. § How can you do it?
  7. o Being interested
  8. o Engaging with children
  9. o Maintaining boundaries
  10. o Creating routines
  11. o Activities that help children be in the best place to learn
  12. § In the home, for example reading to your child from the start, drawing, painting, jigsaws, activities to help children develop their hand eye coordination.
  13. § Outside the home: places to visit and things to do.
  14. o Encouraging ambitions: help children focus on the future
  15. o Encouraging risk taking
  16. o Build experiences and understanding
  17. o Using incentives
  18. Primary 5-11
  19. q What are the main points that I should be focusing on now and why?
  20. q What should I do?
  21. q How to do it
  22. q Checklists to remind me, which I can tick off
  23. q Tips
  24. q Troubleshooting, for example
  25. q Difficulties with reading/writing/spelling
  26. q Special needs
  27. Bullying
  28. Secondary 11-16
  29. q What are the main points that I should be focusing on now and why?
  30. o For example, how will my child becoming a teenager affect their view of learning?
  31. o How can I support my child develop their study skills, etc?
  32. q What should I do?
  33. q How to do it
  34. q Checklists to remind me, which I can tick off
  35. q Tips
  36. q Focus on exams
  37. o How can my child best prepare to succeed?
  38. o Revision plans
  39. q Next steps – college?
  40. o When to apply?
  41. q Troubleshooting, for example
  42. o Disaffection
  43. Peer pressure
  44. Learning difficulties
  45. Bullying
  46. A-Levels, 16-18
  47. q What are the main points that I should be focusing on now and why?
  48. q What should I do?
  49. q How to do it
  50. q Checklists to remind me, which I can tick off
  51. q Tips
  52. q Focus on A-levels
  53. o How can my child best approach them to succeed?
  54. o Revision plans
  55. q Focus on other qualifications/vocational post-16 courses that can be studied
  56. q Next steps – university or vocational studies?
  57. o What are the opportunities?
  58. q Troubleshooting
  59. Parents and schools
  60. q How to choose schools
  61. q How to interact with the school
  62. o Ways to get involved that will benefit your child
  63. o Useful questions to ask
  64. o How to approach problems
  65. o How to negotiate with teachers
  66. o Parents evenings – How to make the most of them
  67. Other resources

Author note

Dominic Wyse has a strong international reputation in the field of the teaching and learning of reading and writing. He is a Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests include the teaching of English; creativity; and the study of childhood. He has appeared recently on BBC Newsnight, the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and BBC News 24 to offer academic comment on government proposals for the teaching of reading and the National Literacy Strategy.


The biggest influence on a child’s achievement at school is often the support, interest and guidance of their parents. A positive and supportive home life can benefit a child’s achievement at school by up to 80%.

But where can parents turn for practical, well-researched and honest advice on how they can support and nurture their child through their school years, whilst understanding and maximising their child’s abilities toward helping them achieve their full potential?

Written by educational specialist Dominic Wyse (How to Help you Child Read and Write), this new book will help parents navigate their way through their child’s education. It will guide them on the best and most appropriate ways they can offer help and support their child throughout their school career.

With separate chapters for pre-school, primary, secondary and advanced level-aged children offering detailed advice on what to expect and concentrate on at each stage, it will be simple to navigate and easy to access.

Practical and supportive, the book will set out all the basics with detailed help on creating routines, developing communication and engaging with children to encourage discussion about goals and aspirations. Checklists and troubleshooting exercises will help parents focus on the key issues and illustrate ways through sensitive circumstances such as bullying, special needs and exams.

The book will also cover the important aspects of how parents can get more involved with their child’s school and how they can get the best out of events such as sports days and parents’ evenings.


"Every parent can help their child make the most of their time in education, this book gives a step by step guide through stages at school... It gives valuable advice" Headteacher Update, February 2008