Last updated:

7th December 2023

Supporting a child from home

Helping your child with their schoolwork 

Speak to your child's class teacher, the school's literacy or numeracy co-ordinator, their head of year, or the SENCO for advice on how you can help and support your child, as there may be some helpful strategies that they use in school that can be replicated at home.

The following website may provide some useful advice and information:    

  • The ABC to Read website provides practical ideas on how to support a child’s learning   
  • The Listening Books website offers children and young people help with their fear of the printed word and provides access to books that are appropriate to intellectual age rather than reading age. 
  • The Words for Life website provides tips and information for reading and communicating with your child
  • The Oxford Owl website has advice, top tips and activity ideas to help your child with reading and maths.
  • The Book Trust website has tips on encouraging reluctant readers to read, information and practical advice to help make reading a part of a child’s everyday life and tips for carers and foster families. Plus find recommended inclusive children's books.

Further support and information services can be found in our Families Directory.

The Adult and Community Learning Service runs courses to help parents and carers develop skills to support their child's learning. Visit the Wokingham adult community learning website to find out further information about the courses on offer.

Visit the library section of the council’s website to find out about what services are available at your local library and how to join.

Reducing school-related anxiety

If you are concerned about your child's levels of anxiety around attending school, please contact their school's SENCO for some helpful strategies that you may be able to implement at home. 

The following website may also provide some useful advice and information:

Engaging with your child's school

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) provides free, confidential, impartial advice, guidance, and support to parents and young people on education matters. This includes providing support in meetings with schools and disagreement resolution where communication with a school is breaking down.

For further information on what support SENDIASS offers to parents and young people visit their website.

Contact details:

Call 0118 908 8233 or email

Home education

If you are considering educating your child at home, please read our home education page for further information.

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