Parental Involvement

It is widely accepted that parental involvement is effective in supporting children’s learning overall. However, although the association between parental involvement and a child’s academic success is well-established, there is little robust evidence on which approaches are most effective in improving parental engagement, particularly for disadvantaged families.

Research commissioned by The Bell Foundation (Evans et al, 2016) shows that parents who are new to English or have limited language proficiency in English often have a significant lack of knowledge and understanding of important areas concerning school life, such as the school system; that they are significantly underrepresented in school structures and decision making; and that the perceptions of the staff regarding parental engagement differs greatly from that of parents and pupils.

This page includes:

  • Working with parents to support the learning of pupils who use EAL: Guidance for schools
  • How parents can use home languages to support the home learning and school work of EAL pupils (webinar recording)
  • Helping children learn: Guidance for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language (available in 20 languages)
  • About the English Education system: Guidance for parents of children who use English as an Additional Language (available in 20 languages)

Working with parents to support the learning of pupils who use EAL: Guidance for schools

Download the Foundation’s recommendations and guidance for schools and practitioners on working with the parents of pupils who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) so they can support their child’s learning at home. It draws on research around parental involvement in children’s learning with a particular focus on the learning of children who use EAL.

Webinar recording: How parents can use home languages to support the home learning and school work of EAL pupils

Helping children learn: Guidance for parents of students who use English as an Additional Language

Download these short, easy to understand guides for parents of students who use EAL, available in the 19 most commonly used first languages in UK schools. They provide guidance for parents on how to get involved in school life and to help their child to learn.

Teachers are encouraged to share The Bell Foundation translated resources and guidance with the parents of their learners by email, by post, or face-to-face. It is also suggested that teachers have copies of the relevant language flyer, and the English version for their own reference, during any conversations with parents.

About the English Education System: Guidance for parents of children who use English as an Additional Language

Download these practical guidance documents for parents which are available in 19 of the most commonly used first languages in UK schools. These documents provide guidance for parents on how to find a school place for their child, as well as key information to help understand the English Education system.

Teachers are encouraged to share The Bell Foundation translated resources and guidance with the parents of their learners by email, by post, or face-to-face. It is also suggested that teachers have copies of the relevant language flyer, and the English version for their own reference, during any conversations with parents.

About the English Education System - Primary Schools:

About the English Education System - Secondary Schools:

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