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Dads Into School

Research has shown that there is a clear link between parental involvement and children’s attainment. Although many families feel ‘Parental involvement’ is a mother’s responsibility, major studies around the world have shown that fathers involvement in their children’s development can be associated with higher levels of achievement and fewer behavioural problems. Children and young people agree; according to the National Literacy Trust 62% of children and young people say that their dads are the most important role models for reading.     

Here at Sudbourne we embrace our Dads and celebrate the important role that they have to play in their children’s education. We believe that positive male role models are incredibly important in children’s achievement, especially boys. We strive to give our pupils the opportunity to see their parent/carers being excited and involved in their education and we love to see the wonders that it does for their self-confidence and enthusiasm for learning. 

In December 2007 Sudbourne held its first Dads into School morning, where Dads as well as other male role models, parent and carers were invited to come in and join in some festive fun with their children.  They could either make a Christmas card, tree decorations or a calendar with their child/ren. 

Our first Dads into School was a great success with over 75 parent/carers joining in the fun, 67 of whom were fathers, male/carers or relatives.  

Since then we have held a Dads into School event during each term. Each one has a different focus or theme giving fathers and other parent/carers  the chance to be involved in fun activities around healthy eating, fun with literacy, fun with maths, fun with science not to mention our Christmas and Easter specials! 

Dad’s Into School is hugely popular and great fun with rising numbers attending each time.  


Our next Dads Into School will return later in the year - watch this space for details!