Helping a child with their homework or booking a doctor's appointment might seem an easy task for most parents.
However, for people with limited literacy skills it can be extremely difficult. But a new course in Harrow has changed this.
Parents were given the opportunity to complete a Family Literacy and Language Course at Grange First School, in Welbeck Road.
The sessions, for parents and pupils, ran from February until June.
Over 15 weeks famillies learnt basic reading, writing and communication skills, from telling stories to filling in medical forms and reporting children as absent from school.
Raaj Majhail, an Ethnic Minority Achievement co-ordinator, said: "We wanted parents to gain basic literacy skills and more confidence."
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and participated extremely well in joint activities with their parents."
The course was supported by staff from Grange School and Stanmore College, in Elm Park.