Engaging parents in raising achievement – do parents know they matter? (2007)

It is parental support of learning within the home environment that makes the maximum difference to achievement. 

Parental engagement is a powerful lever for raising achievement in schools. Where parents and teachers work together to improve learning, the gains in achievement are significant.

Parents have the greatest influence on the achievement of young people through supporting their learning in the home rather than supporting activities in the school. Parents of certain ethnic and social groups are less likely to engage with the school. However, schools that offer bespoke forms of support to these parents (i.e. literacy classes, parenting skill support) are more likely to engage them in their children’s learning.