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How You Can Empower Parents to Help Close the Achievement Gap

Schools can help ‘close the gap’ by nurturing strong relationships with parents. Mary Taylor looks at where the dots need to be connected between policy and practice for the most effective outcomes.

As we know, education has its important part to play in breaking cycles of disadvantage. But in addition to school life, Early Intervention Foundation evidence points to the quality of family relationships, and particularly that between children and parents, as the primary influence on a child’s future life chances. Other research also highlights that ‘emotional health at 16 is a stronger predictor of mental health and life chances at 30 than either demographic or socio-economic factors’. 

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