The biggest challenges on home schooling for parents in Leicester

A new survey with parents of primary and secondary school children in Leicester reveals their appreciation for teachers has increased considerably since the coronavirus restrictions began.

More than eight in ten (82%) parents in Leicester said they have developed a greater appreciation for the job teachers do, and nearly three quarters (72%) agree teachers nationwide have gone “above and beyond” over this period.

Some of the biggest challenges parents in Leicester identify when supporting their child with home learning include:

  • 65% find it hard to keep their child motivated to complete work set
  • 50% find it hard to keep their child engaged in the work they are doing
  • 38% find it hard to help their child with work they don’t understand
  • 28% find it hard to come up with creative ways to make subjects interesting

The research was commissioned by the Get Into Teaching campaign to support national Thank a Teacher Day.

Charlotte Gamble, a teacher at Broom Leys Primary School in Coalville, said: “It really is humbling to hear that so many parents are feeling so appreciative of our efforts.”

“Being a teacher always allows you to make a real difference in the world, but I’ve felt a heightened sense of purpose during these extraordinary circumstances.”

“School leaders, teachers and staff have pulled together in hugely challenging circumstances to keep schools open for those who need it the most and find innovative and creative ways to support our pupils.”

“For example, at Broom Leys, we are phoning parents and pupils to encourage and support them. Our Sports Apprentice is doing a daily challenge via the school website while I am recording a chapter of a new story every other day and making that accessible to my class.” 

Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb said: “Teachers, head teachers and support staff have shown outstanding professionalism and commitment during these challenging times.”

“They are doing an incredible job in finding innovative ways to continue young people’s education at home, be it through online lessons, set work or motivating phone calls with pupils.”

“Now as we prepare for more young people returning to school, and as the country takes careful steps towards recovery, teachers and support staff are playing a vital role in ensuring children continue their education in these unprecedented times.”

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