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29 January 2018

Give your child a Helping Hand – Support their education

Parents, carers and extended family are being encouraged to support their children’s education by giving them ‘a Helping Hand’.

This is part of a new advertising campaign by the Department of Education aimed at increasing parental involvement in the education of their children.

Derek Baker, Permanent Secretary at the Department, said: “Education opens up a world of opportunities for children and young people and parental involvement and encouragement plays an essential part, from the very early years through to the vital exam stages.

“Read to them from an early age; show an interest in their day at school; talk to them about their homework; and help them make the decisions now that will shape them into the adults they will become in the future.”

The "Helping Hand" campaign was launched today at Finaghy Library, where staff, parents and children got a preview of the television advert which goes live today.

Parents and carers are encouraged to visit nidirect.gov.uk/helping-hand for help and advice on how they can support their children throughout their education.

Concluding, Derek Baker said: “Parental engagement with children is a strong indicator of educational success. Children need their parents to actively support them to fulfil their potential and to deliver the best possible outcomes for all of the young people of Northern Ireland.”

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