Fathers’ involvement in their child’s education is key, report finds

Involving fathers in their child’s education improves exam
results and classroom attendance and reduces criminality, according
to a government-backed study published today at a conference
organised by Fathers Direct, writes Simeon

The report by the National Family and Parenting Institute finds
that cookery, reading and football sessions for fathers in schools
all help to overcome their traditional reluctance to get involved
in what they see as a female-dominated arena.

Children enjoy it when their fathers are involved at school and
dads in turn gain a better understanding of learning activities,
the report finds.

It also finds evidence that a father’s interest in his
child’s education had a stronger association with the child
gaining better qualifications in adult life than poverty or family

The study, which has been backed by education secretary Ruth
Kelly, was launched at a conference organised by fatherhood charity
Fathers Direct.

Fathers’ Involvement in their Children’s Education:
a review of research and practice available from www.nfpi.org/data/publications

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