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The importance of families and the home environment 2011: A research review

Added 01 Mar 2011 | Updated 14 Aug 17

Read our review that shows how critical parents and carers are to their children’s language skills and the vital role of the home learning environment and early intervention. 

Parents are the first teachers and role models for their children, and therefore have a strong influence on their learning. Yet, studies continue to show that many parents are not aware of the importance they play in their child’s education and have a limited understanding of their role in their children’s learning (DCSF, 2007).

In the last three decades, several strands of research have produced compelling evidence justifying a focus on the family with a particular emphasis on early years in order to raise literacy standards.

This document reviews this research which underpins the National Literacy Trust's work with communities and local areas to embed a community-wide strategic approach to family literacy.

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