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A new guide from the (NAHT) and the Family Action charity urges parents to get involved in their son or daughter's schooling by helping out on school trips and in class, taking in an interest in their child's education.
It also recommends attending parents' evenings, reading information sent by their child's school and keeping teachers informed of any changes at home.They said is based on the latest evidence about what helps children to succeed at school.
It suggests that parents could take their children to visit museums and libraries, go for a walk in a wood or pond dipping, plant seeds, make a tent, model, picture of collage, or plan a route using maps, a compass or GPS.
Parents should make time to look at the stars, make a tent, and sit and "think and dream" with their children, according to headteachers.
Mothers and fathers are an invaluable part of a child's education and should help their youngsters to continue learning after the school bell rings, it was suggested.
The advice comes in a new leaflet published by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and the Family Action charity, which is being sent to schools to pass on to parents.