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. . . to Learn

Parental support is essential if pupils are to maximise their potential across the curriculum.  The following are some strategies that you could use at home to help your child learn:

  • check Pupil Organiser every night to ensure homework is complete and sign on a weekly bases;

  • ensure your child is organised in that they have the correct books and equipment for the next day;

  • children should have a quiet working environment when completing homework or studying;

  • if a child is having difficulty with a subject inform the school by contacting the Form Teacher or Year Head.

. . .  to Attend

Given the strong link between full attendance and achievement it is vital that you:

  • ensure that your child attends school every day, unless there are exceptional circumstances eg. child is genuinely ill, bereavement etc.  If your child has been off school, they should bring a note signed by you and stating the reason for absence on their first day back.  Please also encourage your child to catch up on work they have missed;

  • ensure that your child arrives to school on time each morning;

  • avoid making appointments for your  child during the school day, unless absolutely necessary;

  • avoid unauthorized holidays during term time.


. . .  to Behave

  • Set high expectations for your child’s behaviour and effort in learning and communicate these to them regularly;

  • encourage your child to take personal responsibility for their behaviour, and advise them to report issues of concern to a member of staff;

  • accept that the school’s Behaviour Management Policy is applicable to all pupils, including your child, on enrolment at Castlederg High School.

  • reinforce the management of behaviour issues in school by implementing an appropriate response and sanctions at home.

. . . to Cope With Exams

  • Ensure that you are aware of key assessment/examination dates for your child;

  • ensure that your child has created a revision timetable well in advance and follows it in preparation for their exams;

  • provide a suitable quiet study area at home;

  • ensure that your child revises thoroughly for key assessments and exams;

  • support your child through the revision period by giving encouragement, and ensuring they take rest breaks ,eat healthily, get exercise and sufficient sleep;

  • ensure that your child does not have too many commitments outside of school that may impact negatively in their time available to study.

. . . to Plan for Their Future

  • Help your child to see the connection between doing their best at school and their future career prospects/quality of life;

  • ensure that your child has set realistic goals and that they are focused on achieving them;

  • discuss their future education and career aspirations with on them on a regular basis remembering that these may change through time.

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