Over half of parents struggle with children's homework


A study of over 1,000 parents has revealed that over half (51%) of parents admit they struggle to help kids with their homework.

Science and languages are the two subject areas where parents lack the most confidence. The study by Tutorfair shows that Physics (65%), French (62%), and Spanish (81%) are the subjects where parents lack the most confidence.
These are the exact same subjects that kids also feel the least confident in when it comes to doing their homework, naming Physics (46%), French (56%) and Spanish (68%) as areas they struggle with most. Kids say they are more likely to ask teachers for help with homework from these subjects, rather than ask their parents. 
There is a significant parental confidence issue when helping with Maths homework too, with two fifths of mums (41%) saying they find the subject a challenge.
These results are announced as employers continue to prioritise STEM subjects as essential skills for the future workplace. 
In 2014, a quarter (28%) of businesses who needed technicians qualified in science, technology, engineering or maths reported difficulty recruiting, while a third (35%) anticipated problems in the next three years.