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TV shows explore the importance of home input to education

There are a number of television programmes currently exploring the powerful influence of parental involvement on a child’s educational attainment. 

It is often debated whether nature or nurture is stronger, and it can be difficult to determine precisely which elements of parenting make the biggest difference to a child’s educational success; however most agree that reading to younger children, setting routines and boundaries, ensuring teenagers get enough sleep, eating dinner together as a family and showing that you take schoolwork seriously are all important.

Below is a summary of the programmes available to watch, and here’s a link to an article in The Guardian discussing the topic:

BBC2’s ‘Living with the Brainy Bunch’ follows an experiment in which two year 11 students who are struggling with results and behaviour move into the homes of the two of the highest achieving pupils in their year for half a term, to see if a complete change in home environment might help improve things for them.

Channel 4’s ‘Class of Mum and Dad’ features a group of parents who go back to school to study the year 6 curriculum alongside their own children, highlighting the importance of a link between the home and school environment.

Channel 4’s ‘Indian Summer School’ in which five British boys who have failed their core GCSEs are offered a second chance at a strict boarding school in India, referred to as the country’s equivalent to Eton.