Last Updated: Monday, February 08, 2021

Engaging families in supporting their child’s learning - Mearns Primary School – East Renfrewshire Council

What is this?

​A programme for schools to help parents to support their child's learning at home.

Who is this for?

​This resource is relevant to practitioners who want to engage and support identified families with literacy and numeracy.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice?

  • How are families in your school currently engaged with their children’s learning?
  • What support is in place for families who are keen to develop their children’s learning at home?
  • How do you support parents who have their own difficulties with numeracy, literacy or confidence?
  • How do you ensure that pupils who require additional parental support receive it?

What was done?

Mearns Primary School launched literacy and numeracy home learning kits for parents to use with their children at home. Initially, teachers created a workshop for parents which encouraged engagement and equipped them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively support their child’s learning. Parents then volunteered to host workshops for other parents using the model set out by the teachers. A borrowing system was then put in place allowing parents to take these kits home to support their child in particular areas of literacy and numeracy. Key parents were then responsible for the distribution and maintenance of this resource.


Parents approaching staff on a regular basis requiring guidance on how best to support their child’s learning at home.

What was the impact?

Parents are now more confident in supporting their child’s learning at home.
Increased parental involvement.
Positive impact on pupil attainment.

Links to further information:

Read, write count: Supporting your child at home - numeracy activities.

Read, write count: Supporting your child at home - reading activities.