Are you confident reading aloud? Parents urged to help their children do better at school

Many youngsters in Wales are too embarrassed to read aloud in class, according to a new Welsh Government poll.

It says many 7 to 13 year olds said fear of being laughed at was the key reason.

Almost half saying they'd prefer to read on their own in the classroom.

A series of roadshows starts today encouraging parents to get involved.

Watch the report from Mike Griffiths below:

Teachers say support from parents - whether help with homework or simply asking how a pupil's day has gone - can have considerable benefits.

If a parent takes an interest in what the child has done in the course of the day... there's a huge correlation between the engagement that a child has the next day and the learning in class.

RAVI PAWAR, HEADTEACHER, BLACKWOOD COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL

The Welsh Government's Education Begins at Home campaign features a series of community roadshows to offer hints and tips on how families can learn together in a way that's quick, easy and fun.

The roadshows are being held at supermarkets across Wales

At one class near Caerphilly, parents are boosting their own reading and writing skills by creating their own book.

The class in Nelson, near Caerphilly

I think it's a really good story because I read it to my daughter, and she thought that the book reflected on situations about her and her friends, about being different, and when I read to her she said that it really helped in situations that she'd come across before.

Claire Phillips