In 2015, Adam Rivett (Principal of Waimate Main School) wrote a Sabbatical Report based on a synthesis of school visits, interviews and professional reading looking at how schools can support effective parenting in their communities leading to children having better learning experiences at school.
The Sabbatical Report is available for download in PDF, and addresses the following questions:
NOTE: In 2016, Adam Rivett wrote a letter to NZEI (NZ's largest education union) and extracts from that letter follow:
Our school has used Reading Together® for about 4 years now and we are also part of the Early Reading Together® programme too through our involvement with the Parenting Hub, which was set up on school grounds to support parenting in our community.
My research clearly shows that parents have an immense impact on the educational outcomes of their children. Some NZ research I looked at, suggested that this impact could be as high as 65% of student outcomes attributed directly to parenting. One English author I looked at suggested out of school factors could account for almost 80% of how well a child does at school.
To be part of this [Reading Together®] programme has been such an honour. It is a brilliant programme and parents find it very, very helpful. At our school, our Reading National Standards are the highest of the three core subjects and I am convinced that our participation in Reading Together® has a large part to play in this.
It seems to me that after 10 years of being a Principal, the biggest problem facing our education system is not what schools are or aren’t doing, but really what parents are or aren’t doing. The number of ill prepared children entering our schools is just astounding. I see now that the education of parents is just as important, if not more important than the education of their children.
To this end, Reading Together® and Early Reading Together® are two outstanding tools in our toolbox to do this.
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