Parents not supporting kids due to confusion over teaching methods

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Confusion over modern teaching methods means that nearly half of parents can’t help their 10 to 12-year-old children with their maths homework, according to a new survey by online tuition experts, MyTutor.

Almost two thirds of parents think the way English and maths are taught has changed since they were at school, according to a survey of 1,000 parents.

As a result, nearly 40 per cent of parents spend less time learning with their children than their own parents spent with them, and only one out of every 12 parents spends more than an hour a day helping their children learn.

Nick Smith, head of online tuition at mytutor, said: “It is hard enough for parents these days with the added pressures on children to reach expected attainment levels, and the pace of modern life is leaving them with precious little time at home anyway.

“But these figures show that confusion over current teaching techniques is also another factor contributing to the drop in time parents spend supporting their children’s learning.

“Other research has shown that children who make a slow start at school struggle to make strides to catch up by the time they reach secondary school, which means that they could spend a large part of their academic lives falling behind their classmates.

Mytutor asked 1,000 parents across the UK about the time they spent learning with their children, and found:

  • 47% of parents feel they couldn’t help their children with their maths homework
  • 22% of parents couldn’t help their children with their English homework
  • 64% of parents think the way English and maths are taught has changed since they were at school
  • 27% of parents couldn’t explain maths and English to their children in the same way they had been taught
  • 39% of parents spend less time learning with their children than their parents did with them
  • 58% of parents spend less than 10 minutes a day – or an hour a week – helping their children learn.
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