In 2001 Rachel Vecht founded ‘Educating Matters’. She started out her career as a primary school teacher and also trained student teachers. Throughout Rachel’s teaching career in both the state and independent sector, she was inundated by parents seeking advice on how to support their children’s learning at home. Educating Matters evolved through her substantial experience teaching children, having 4 children and addressing parents’ concerns, questions and difficulties over the last 25 years.
The relationship between parent and child is very emotional (quite different to that of teacher and student) and even though we may know in theory lots of wonderful strategies, it is far more difficult putting them into practice with your own child. Being a parent is probably the hardest job in the world with the least amount of training. Despite 25 years of experience, Rachel is certainly still learning on the job and is definitely not a ‘perfect parent’. There is simply no such thing!!!
In the classroom setting, teachers can’t devote as much time as they would like to each individual child. A child’s academic development is largely dependent on lots of practice and individual support which teachers turn to parents to provide. However, parents’ good intentions can unwittingly be detrimental to their child’s progress.
Any guidance around supporting children’s education, must also consider how to encourage children to be more co-operative, motivated and self-reliant. This is where the ‘Positive Parenting’ tools have proven to be invaluable to families. The skills have had a tremendous impact on Rachel’s own family, enabling her to bring out the best in her children and there is no doubt that they make being a parent much less stressful and more fulfilling.