Half of parents want shorter summer break to prevent learning loss


Three out of four mums and dads believe their child’s academic abilities decline during the six-week summer break, reports The Telegraph.

The survey, conducted for Explore Learning, revealed that parents would like to see the six-week break shortened in order to keep their children’s learning at a steady pace.

Overall, 75 per cent of parents said their children’s learning slips throughout the holiday, with over half believing the break should be made shorter. Meanwhile, 56 per cent said their child struggles with getting back into the school routine after the summer holidays have ended.

Charlotte Gater, curriculum manager at Explore Learning, said: ‘The summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but this research has shown that many children’s academic abilities drop over the break, therefore undermining all the hard work they, and their teachers, have done over the year.’

However, there are activities families can do together over the summer break in order to keep up their children’s academic abilities. Ms Gater explains: ‘Learning can be done in a fun, effective way—through games, technology, extra tuition and interaction with their friends and the outside world.’

Alongside the usual video games, the survey found that more pupils are engaging in academic and physical activities during the holidays. Over half of parents polled said their child spends time reading, while more than one in five said their child likes to write stories. Half of parents said their child plays sports, and a further 58 per cent said their child rides a bike.

The survey was carried out by Atomic Research and questioned 2,000 parents of children aged four to 14.

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