Cash for parents to help with homework


Parents are to be paid hundreds of pounds to be taught how to help their children with homework as part of a taxpayer-funded programme.

Parents will receive rewards of more than £600 for attending a new-style “parenting academy” where they will learn how to improve children’s skills in reading, writing, maths and science.

The programme – being launched next year at a cost of almost £1 million – will also promise free childcare and meals to act as an incentive for parents to attend.

It is being led by the Education Endowment Foundation, a charity set up with £125m government funding in an attempt to raise standards in poor areas.

The project will initially target parents from 1,500 families centred around 14 primary schools in Middlesbrough and Camden, North London.

Parents of under-11s will attend the academy six times each term – 18 times in the academic year – with each session lasting 90 minutes.

They will receive a grant of around £600 for attending every session, although the full value of the awards has yet to be finalised.

The EEF said the parenting academy – modelled on a similar project in Chicago – would “aim to equip parents with the skills to support their children’s learning in numeracy, literacy and science”.

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