Here's how to get the best from their teacher

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1. Phone the school and make an appointment to see the class teacher or the teacher responsible for setting homework. Some schools have maths and literacy co-ordinators who deal with homework, not the class teacher.

2.Get your facts right. Make a note of how long your child spends doing homework each night. Do they struggle with one subject more than another? When did you first notice they were having difficulties? Make your note as detailed as possible and take it with you so you don't forget anything or get side-tracked.

3. Be polite. Look positively at any suggestions or ideas the teacher may have which could make homework a better experience for your child. For example, some schools have homework clubs during the day when children can complete their work and get help if they need it. But don't be fobbed off with vague statements like 'oh, she's doing fine' or 'tell them not to worry.' They are worried - and so are you.

4. Make it clear you aren't against the idea of them having homework and that you are prepared to help her when possible. But emphasis that you want your child to enjoy learning, whether at school or at home.

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5. If nothing changes and your child remains unhappy, don't be afraid to take this further. Talk to other parents too. Find out if they're worried too but are too afraid to say anything. Make an appointment to see the head teacher and repeat your concerns.

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