Prevention-Smart at School

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Parent involvement in schooling

Parents need to be actively involved in helping youth succeed in school. This means rewarding your child for doing homework, getting enough sleep, eating breakfast, etc. Of course, high marks or grades can always be rewarded. Remember success does not mean being top of the class but achieving what they are capable of and trying hard.

Parents can also support their child’s school performance by showing interest in school activities. Examples of this are helping in the classroom, at parent-teacher meetings or with activities such as music performances or sports clubs.

If a parent is unable to attend these activities, they can ask teachers how they can help out in other ways; for example making phone calls to other parents, helping with errands for an after-school club attending and supporting school sports or other activities.

School boundaries

Support your school’s efforts to provide clear rules and consequences. Make sure you know what these are, and reinforce them with your child.

School engagement

Promote your child’s engagement in learning. Make sure your child gets to school on-time, and encourage them to participate fully in classes.

Make a habit of asking questions about what happens at school, on the bus, in extra-school activities, and what they like about their teachers.

Reward your child when he or she makes extra effort, gets a good report, high marks or grades, completes homework on time, works hard on special school projects.

Review homework with your child. Be available to help with homework. Reward your child for taking homework seriously.

Respond to any problems your child shares about school or teachers. Involve them in any action you feel you should take to help them.

Home-school links

Encourage your child to care about her or his school and to feel good about school. You can help by attending school activities, talking about school achievements.

Prevention-Smart launched for initial evaluation on June 26th 2009. If you have any comments or feedback, please email us via the contact form.