The Chicago model of Parenting Academies, promoted by Steven Levitt and his colleagues, is now being adapted and trialled in the UK. These academies invite parents to sessions on how to help children learn at home and to brush up on their own maths and English skills. The project is being funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, who specialise in looking at how we can help children from the most disadvantaged backgounds improve their performance at school. Their interest in this area has been increased by the recent publication of a review which suggests there is very little robust data on the impact of parenting programmes, despite a number of them being rolled out already in parts of the UK.

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Tags: childcare, Education Endowment Foundation, parenting, randomised control trial, children