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Taught parenting: The role parents can and do play in teaching teens, with Sam Twiselton

All too often when faced with a studying teen we’re reminded just how long ago our own school days were! Not only can the content be hazy at best, but the texts, technology and even approaches have changed. How many parents looked perplexed when they were told there was a new way of doing taking away? Do we need to take some sort of crash course in teacher basics to help our children get the most out of themselves?

This week’s podcast we are looking at the teachers and whether there’s something in it that we parents can learn.

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In this episode Nathan McGurl, Founder of The Study Buddy, talks to Professor Samantha Twisleton OBE.

Sam explores the roles that parents play in education. In particular, we look at the instinctive role they play in the early and most significant developments. Research shows that support at home is a key to exam success. As a result it is more important than ever that we do what we can to support their potential.

Over the last few months, our students have talked about parental involvement as mostly encouraging them to do more. Although they mostly called it nagging! Joe talked about how, as a science teacher, his mum could help him get to grips with some biology topics he’d missed as a result of lockdown and isolation. That’s fantastic good fortune for Joe. But we can’t all be experts in the exams our teens are taking.

After Sam’s episode, you will be reassured about your almost innate ability to support your child. You will also hear about the things that you can do to practically support your teen.

About Sam Twiselton OBE

Sam is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University; a national centre of education research and practice recognised for its excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. She has experience in teacher education, curriculum development and language and literacy. Sam is heavily involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education. And has been on a number of expert and advisory committees. Sam received her OBE in 2018 in the Queen’s birthday honours for services to Higher Education. And Sam is Deputy Chair of the Doncaster Opportunity Area, a government initiative to address disadvantage and inequality in children.


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