Greater Parental Engagement
Dear Parents and Carers,
Celebrating 20 years of enriching children’s lives:
7 steps parents can take to help their children succeed
Building on 20 years of research and my more recent work with over 1400 parents of primary schoolchildren from all backgrounds, Brunel University London has released a news item and a video for parents. It describes 7 steps parents can take to help children succeed in learning and, at the same time, improve their health and wellbeing.
The 7 steps are:
- Intelligence is not fixed and we can change a child’s learning potential
- There is no universally accepted definition of giftedness, talent or high ability
- Find and develop your child’s passion
- Develop your child’s wellbeing
- Children’s abilities do not depend on their parents' social backgrounds
- Spend quality time with your children
- Fight low expectations in children with special needs
After participating in the project, children of parents who learnt about aspects of intelligence, talent development and wellbeing
- showed higher motivation and more enthusiasm about learning
- had higher achievement
- were happier and had reduced anxiety levels
We have also produced a handbook for parents and grandparents, which explores the 7 steps in more detail, as well as other relevant topics.
I hope you find the video useful. The video also features our book, which formed the basis of our project for parents.
Professor Valsa Koshy MBE
Department of Education
Brunel University London