Parents’ Workshops

Children whose parents frequently read with them in their first year of school are still showing the benefit when they are 15 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Target literacy supports parents who are often unsure, or not aware of, the best ways to support their children with reading: ""I have always read with my child but since I had some training, I enjoy it more with better understanding" – Mum.

Parental involvement in children's education from an early age has a significant effect on educational achievement, and continues to do so into adolescence and adulthood.

Parents' involvement in their child's reading can help the child progress at a faster rate and learn to enjoy books and reading. It can be difficult to know how best to help, especially where current approaches might be different to when Mum or Dad were taught to read. Target Literacy offers sensitive support and encouragement to ensure parents provide a happy and positive reading experience with their child.

"Parent's involvement in their child's reading has been found to be the most important determinant of language and emergent literacy." All-parliamentary Group for Education

Support for schools include a series of 6 practical workshops of an hour each, covering the following: What do good readers do, what to do when your child gets stuck, sounding out words, articulation of phonemes, reading in phrases, book choice, how to make reading easy, talking about books and when, where and how to hear your child read. The sessions include observations of children reading and practical demonstrations. Opportunities are provided for parents to ask questions in relation to their own children. Each session finishes with parents reading with their own child so that newly learnt skills can be practiced immediately in a supportive environment. It is recommended therefore that these workshops are held towards the end of the school day.

We also provide bespoke one off twilight sessions for parents on all aspects of literacy.

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Professional Development available: All aspects of good practice in home support in reading

Thanks so much for the parent sessions on Thursday. The feedback was amazing. There were also comments in reading record books the next day from a few parents who had tried out the approaches suggested with great success!

- Carla Long SENCO

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