Home learning environments

Chapter 1: Family learning: Thinking about 'Disadvantage'

Chapter overview:

This book is for practitioners, researchers, early years services and policy makers who are interested working with families to support children’s home learning. After introducing the main themes and structure of the book, this chapter examines the notion of ‘disadvantage’ and how work with parents can be vital in raising educational achievement for children who are disadvantaged by poverty and other inequalities.

Chapter objectives:

  • To consider family learning in the context of ‘disadvantage’

  • To consider how work with parents can bring about positive change for families.

Further Reading

Dyson, A., et al (2010) Narrowing the Gap in Educational Achievement and Improving Emotional Resilience for Children and Young People with Additional Needs. Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO) : London .
This highly relevant report identifies local and regional evidence of ‘what works’ in narrowing the achievement gap.

National Literacy Trust and the DfE. 2018. Improving the Home Learning Environment.
This reviews evidence of strategies to support familiar around home learning, reviewing evidence of what works and suggesting a ‘behaviour change’.

NEU, Child Poverty Action Group and Children North East (2021) Turning the Page on Poverty: A practical guide for education staff to help tackle poverty and the cost of the school day
A report focused on ‘poverty proofing’ the school day for children, with practical information and suggestions and useful statistics about how children in disadvantage fall behind their peers in learning.