Women were significantly more likely than men to supervise their children’s homeschooling in this confinement compared to last April, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
The study found that 67% of women and 52% of men were taking over their children’s education at home this time. More women reported that homeschooling was having a negative impact on their well-being, with 53% struggling compared to 45% of men.
During the latest shutdown, ONS found that parents were dividing home schooling responsibilities equally, but that women were spending much more time feeding, washing and dressing the children.
Data collected in England, Scotland and Wales shed light on the increasing impact homeschooling is having on well-being, with an average of 50% of parents reporting a cost to their mental health, compared to 28% during the first closing in April. The picture is similar for students: 63% of parents reported that their children were struggling, compared to 43% last April.
“While homeschooling appears to be more effective now than it was last year, with more resources available in schools, it appears to be charging a higher price to parents and children,” said Hugh Stickland of ONS.
More than half (53%) of parents said homeschooling was putting pressure on relationships, and more than a third (37%) said their jobs had been negatively affected.
Fewer parents reported lack of resources as the reason for their children’s struggles than in the first confinement, but about half (49%) of parents said they lacked time. Motivation was the main factor for three-quarters (74%) of parents who said their only or older child was having a difficult time, a view shared by 89% of 16-18 year olds in education full-time who were also interviewed for the survey.
Two-thirds (65%) of young adults interviewed said they were concerned that their future life plans would be delayed by studying at home, while half (50%) reported lower overall well-being.
However, the study showed that schools are improving at equipping their students with the support of homeschooling, with more than two-fifths (45%) of parents saying their child had spent 21 hours or more learning using materials provided by your school in the past. week, compared to less than a fifth (18%) in May 2020.
More than two-thirds (69%) of parents said their child accessed interactive real-time online learning during this lockdown, an increase from a quarter in May 2020. Parents were less likely to say that her son was struggling to continue his education at home (38%) than in May (52%).
Despite this, parents’ confidence in their ability to homeschool their children remains at the same low level as in April, and just under half (45%) feel at the top of their education. their children.
Pollsters interviewed more than 6,000 adults in surveys conducted between January and February, which revealed that many parents and children were struggling even more with the demands of work and homeschooling than during their first confinement.
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