Parents on low income find it harder to support children’s learning


Parents from lower income families struggle most to support their children’s learning in maths and English, a survey has found.

Families with incomes of less than £10,000 a year - comparable with the national minimum wage – spend the least time supporting their children’s learning, struggle most to find time and lack the confidence in their own ability to help.

They are also five times more likely to spend far less time helping their children to learn than their own parents did a generation ago, according to the survey by mytutor. 60 per cent of those earning £10,000 or less spent less than 30 minutes a week – compared with just 10 per cent of those earning between £60,000 and £80,000, and 20 per cent of all parents.

The poll also found that one in 10 parents felt their own parents had spent far more time helping them learn as children. This rose to one in two of those earning up to £10,000 a year.

Similarly, one in four parents said they lacked the confidence to help their children with English and maths, yet this rose to almost three in five of those earning less than £10,000.

Alongside a lower income comes lack of time, with 86% of lower-income families citing work pressures as a reason why they struggle to find time to learn with their children. This compares to 64 per cent of parents with an average household income.

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