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Helping your teen’s learning at home

If your teen needs to learn from home at any point, they may find it hard. Although their school will be providing them with resources to help them study at home, you might have concerns about how this will work, especially if you have to work from home as well.

We’ve put together this page to give you some information on what you can do to support and reassure them.

You can find out more about home and blended learning and how you can help support your children here.

If your teen is going back into school, you can find out more about how to support this transition here.

There’s more to school than work

You might be feeling extra pressure as a parent because you worry that your child is missing out on school learning. Try not to feel overwhelmed. Rather than stressing about homework or grades, try to focus on supporting their wellbeing – just being there to talk to about your teen’s worries right now could help deal with any issues at this time.

Tips for supporting their learning

In this short film, teacher Chris Smith shares his tips for supporting your teens to learn from home.

Keep in contact with the school

Schools aren't just there for students – they're there for you too. So if your teen feels overwhelmed by the amount of work they're being set, is struggling with their work, or you have worries about their mental health, contact your child’s school for advice – they will be happy to help and could even put together a support plan for your child.

If lockdown is hard on your teen, it may help to let their school know. This could be the case if your family is dealing with bereavement or changes, such as job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. If you feel that your teen needs additional support or if you have concerns about their health and wellbeing, it’s important to let the school know as early as possible so that they can work with you to put any support in place which may help.

Staying safe online

It's important to consider how you can help keep your teen safe online. Most people, especially teenagers, will be online more than ever – which isn’t a bad thing. It lets them keep in touch with their friends, have fun and supports their learning outside of school. But at the same time it's important that you know that they're safe while online. Our online safety page has lots of advice to help you.

Their future

If your teen is not feeling very motivated about learning right now, encouraging them to think about the future opportunities it will open up to them might help. There are many different pathways available in school to give your teen skills for life, work or further study. When they turn 16, instead of staying at school, your teen may choose to go to college instead. Your local college website will have more information on some of the options available for your child to continue their learning journey.

Encourage your teen to look forward to their next steps, whether that's continuing with school, going to college or university, securing a Modern Apprenticeship or other work-based training, or getting a job. Reassure your teenager that situation won’t last forever, and that they still have all the opportunities open to them that they had before. The website has more information on your teen’s options when they leave school.

Mental health support

You might notice your teen’s behaviour changes. This can cause conflict at home, which is stressful for you both. If you become seriously worried about your teen’s mental wellbeing, it’s important to speak to their GP and their school. They’re going through a lot right now, which is why we’ve put together a page on the things you can do to support your teenager through coronavirus.
The online Solihull course contains information about your child’s development and support for forming positive relationships. You can access the course for free using the access code ‘tartan’ here.