Appeal to parents on their teens' education
Parents are being urged to get involved and stay involved with their child's education.
That is the message from the Department of Education as the teenage phase of the Education Works campaign gets under way.
Previously the campaign concentrated on young pupils and the importance of parental involvement in early education.
All parents want the best for their child, and most would agree that singing nursery rhymes and playing games in the early years can have a positive impact on educational outcomes.
However, the value of parental involvement does not stop there. Education in the teenage years involves choosing subjects to study and deciding if these subjects can lead to a chosen career.
The range of subjects on offer has now increased under the Entitlement Framework and parents have a vital role in helping their young person make their choices.
The department wants parents to discuss options and actively support children in making choices because the decision made from year 10 onwards are hugely important in ensuring children realise their potential.
While there is an obvious role for the school at this crucial stage, research has shown there is a clear correlation between parental involvement and better examination choices and results.
Parental encouragement has also been identified a strong predictor of a child's educational success.
The new advert is currently running on television, radio and in local the Press.
You can also find useful information for both parents and young people on the nidirect website www.nidirect.gov.uk/education-works.