What are the SKIPS Numeracy and Literacy Books
The SKIPS Numeracy and Literacy Books are educational work books supporting the literacy and numeracy curriculum based on the principle of effective parental engagement thereby bridging the gap between school and home. We often reach families who do not purchase work books regularly or where the parents (primary caregivers) do not feel confident enough to engage with the school material and/or homework.
We also offer bespoke seminars on parental engagement and on the creation of a sustainable school operation (introducing significant cost savings to your school as part of ecologically sound operational practices).
Parental Engagement is a corner stone in improving educational outcomes for children and changing family practices. The SKIPS method draws parents into to a joint learning process – and SKIPS acts as a bridge of communication in the relationship triangle of schools, parents and children.
In state sector schools, our books are used to narrow the achievement gap and are often financed by pupil premiums. Both state and independent sector schools use the SKIPS methodology to strengthen parental interaction with the school curriculum, to challenge pupils and parents with new material and to foster parental engagement with the school.
Through their fun yet academically challenging content and crossword and puzzle games, SKIPS empower the parents to understand what their children are learning at school and how they are learning it.
We have won awards for our SKIPS campaigns.
What difference will a Numeracy and Literacy Book make in your school and community?
Our SKIPS educational work books trigger a new, different dialogue between child and parent as well as school and parent – parents are participating in homework and teachers and parents join forces – in areas that are important to society.
In the home itself, we literally bring learning back to the “kitchen table” – we value books and are purposefully not digital. The books are so successful and efficient because they involve the entire family in a fun learning process, integrating learning objectives into puzzles and games, while being academically challenging. The books bridge the gap between school and home – creating meaningful support of the curriculum in the family environment.
In regional campaigns the SKIPS Numeracy and Literacy Books are distributed as part of a SKIPS Educational Programme, these programmes include best practice guides for schools and parents, family events and other interventions.
SKIPS Educational Objectives
Parental Support is the key ingredient for improving educational outcomes for children and educating families and communities in Numeracy and Literacy.
Our SKIPS parental engagement workbooks empower the parents to understand what their children are learning at school and how they are learning it. It is our objective to:
• create positive, additional communication between school and family (including everyone who cares for the child – siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents and any other primary care giver), bridging any gaps between school and home;
• draw parents into the learning process and create hidden learning in the family;
• support the Literacy and Numeracy curriculum in the home environment;
• support the curriculum in relation to good citizenship and PHSE in the home environment;
• change family practices towards homework and joint learning as well as Numeracy and Literacy and to reach communities via a snow ball effect;
• raise pupil attainment over years to come;
• set children and families on a path of lifelong learning; and
• offer pupils from secondary schools an opportunity to participate in outreach and mentoring activities.
Cognitive science research endorses the SKIPS methodology: It has been established by US studies that parents with Maths anxiety transfer their anxiety to their children and, as a result, the child’s Maths performance actually falls if the Maths anxious parents help with the Maths homework. However, if the parents are equipped with the knowledge and confidence of supporting the required mathematical concept relevant for the exercise, the pupil’s Maths performance and attainment is raised and accelerated: Just one guided child/parent interaction in Maths accelerates the pupil progression by 3 (three) months in one academic year, particularly for children of Maths anxious parents (please refer to the Maths Anxiety and the Bedtime Math studies in our Research section.)
This thesis of the highly significant impact of properly guided parental engagement applies also to other subject matters such as good citizenship and the former PHSE subjects. This is how our Numeracy and Literacy Books create hidden learning in the family: they translate public policy objectives into changed family practices – enhancing sound and sustainable societal practices in the community.
Please refer to our Research section for further reading.
Who Buys SKIPS Numeracy and Literacy Books? What is the Cost?
Our books support parents, schools (state, private and charitable sector), public institutions and local authorities and are also distributed as part of either Engage Programmes (sponsored by independent schools) or Connect Programmes (sponsored by charities and private companies).
You can buy the Numeracy and Literacy Boks directly on our website.
We offer special pricing options for class and school packages. Please contact us to discuss general pricing options – we would be delighted to support your school.
Our Current Numeracy and Literacy Books
SKIPS publishes educational Numeracy and Literacy work books for years 1-7 supporting the families until the crucial transition from primary school to secondary school. The transition books can be used in the second half of year 6, in the summer preceding year 7 or in the first half of year 7.
All work books introduce crosswords, puzzle games and other fun content fun that trigger family communication and joint parent/pupil learning. The activities support the national curriculum and create hidden learning in the family.
SKIPS Seminars on Sustainable Schools
SKIPS also offers Parental Engagement Seminars and Sustainable Schools Seminar Programmes. These SKIPS seminars are bespoke to one school or a group of schools joining forces (irrespective of any affiliation).
We would be delighted to develop a bespoke Sustainable Schools Seminar Programme for your school – please refer to the correct link for further information and the expected cost savings for your school.
Please do contact us to discuss your requirements and pricing options.
SKIPS and Local Schools and Communities – the heart of our operations
This is how we started – as a grass root company in Birmingham working with local schools.
At SKIPS we enjoy working with our local schools – they are the heart of the community and we highly appreciate the support of the SKIPS programmes by the school family.
It is our local schools, teachers, children and parents who give us valuable feedback and help us refine our SKIPS books. The SKIPS children and their families are the focus of our mission and we are proud to make a difference to our SKIPS families and SKIPS Schools.
We value the dialogue with all SKIPS schools and seek to interact with them regularly – trying to attend parental events and support the teachers and schools whenever possible. At the moment we are hosting the SKIPS Art Competition 2015 which will give children the opportunity to showcase their art on our website and win free SKIPS books for their class.
Some secondary pupils use the SKIPS books as an opportunity to mentor siblings or local primary school pupils – “mentoring partnerships” reward and benefit all participants significantly both in terms of academic skills and Numeracy and Literacy.
Testimonials from our SKIPS schools
Schools rate the quality of our books and their positive impact on parental engagement. The decisive factor for the schools to order the SKIPS books is the appreciation of their high quality, and their ability to unlock parental support.
We would be delighted to share additional feedback and testimonials from our schools.
The rationale for the SKIPS Parental Engagement Books
Educational research provides ample evidence that parental engagement is a crucial link in improving pupil attainment and changing family behaviour. SKIPS books are unique in their approach as they introduce curriculum based fun activities that trigger family communication and joint parent/pupil learning. We have won awards for our SKIPS methodology. Please refer to our Research section.
Social Impact Reporting and independent SKIPS Research
As part of our commitment to stakeholders, our communities, schools and sponsors, SKIPS is dedicated to measure and report the social impact of its operations and campaigns.
Every campaign is important to us and we collect data on the impact of our operations and include them in our annual reports.
We are currently conducting independent extensive research on the effectiveness of the programme in a community wide project in Wolverhampton – it involves 24,000 books and 12,000 children in 32 schools. The research parameters reflect the latest research such as a paper just published in the Science Journal.