How can a parent support the English curriculum in Year 11?
Ensure that any set homework is always completed and handed in on time.
In the instance when no formal homework is set, students should spend their usual homework time working on coursework, researching for controlled assessments or revising/planning for exam responses.
Ensure that students have all the necessary equipment needed for lessons (i.e. pen/pencil/ruler)
Encourage the use of textbooks/internet/reference material for reading beyond the minimum required for homework.
Talk to and question your child about their learning in English – conversation helps understanding and organisation of ideas. Speaking and listening skills are enhanced greatly when parents engage their children in learning conversations.
Help your child attain 60% of their language grade by discussing texts read and reading their coursework with them. Parents are often responsible for passing on some great ideas and individual insights into texts studied which undoubtedly help their children.
Ensure that thorough preparation for tests takes place, possibly assisted through the purchase of revision materials or practice exam questions timed at home where parent acts as invigilator.
Encourage your child to seek help from their teacher if they are still struggling. Problems are unlikely to go away on their own, and a small amount of time sacrificed early can save a large amount of time and frustration later on.