Help your son/daughter organize a study timetable and develop a study/revision routine.
Ensure that he/she has the opportunity to study and revise.
Ensure that he/she has a suitable study environment.
Ensure that he/she is exposed to the types and levels of language that will be encountered in the exam. In simple terms, they should have access to literature, “quality” newspapers, TV documentaries/the news and TV drama/ even Wildlife on One!
Monitor and discuss the work they are covering – don't settle for “fine” but get them to explain things to you.
Provide incentives and sanctions.
Help to motivate by identifying career/FE options and by establishing entry requirements for these as early as possible so they have an incentive, a target and a tangible reward.
Ask your children about their set homework and be aware of ongoing homework and deadlines