Online Home Tutoring Has Never Been More Essential
Over the last few weeks, the number of kids being home tutored online has continued to grow - which is great news in light of the new research that has just been released by children's reading charity, BookTrust.
While BookTrust's research reveals that 34% of parents say their children are being read to more during lockdown, and more are taking part in other traditional activities such as board games (62%), arts and crafts (60%) and listening to music (51%), 22% of parents say that neither they nor their partner are doing any home education with their children during the lockdown, with a further 14% of parents are not reading with or to their children.
As a parent, I totally get the reasons why some families are struggling to engage with their kids' education and reading. Many of us are trying to work from home - perhaps for the first time - and it can take time to adjust.
Trying to factor in a few hours' study every day - particularly with younger kids - can appear a step too far in this process of adapting to new ways of working, and BookTrust's research backs this up completely.
The charity's findings reveal that parents are generally finding the lack of school structure tough - as are many kids! Over half (54%) of parents say they are finding it hard to stick to a timetable for their primary-school aged children and three quarters (75%) say they are taking a 'flexible' approach to school-work.
Unsurprisingly screen time is booming, with digital devices now being used for educational purposes and socialising with friends and families, with gaming (68%), school-work (54%), and watching TV (49%) the most popular with children aged 4-11.
Screen time amongst 4-11s has increased by 121 minutes a day, with 10-11 year olds' screen time up by 151 minutes, and it's great to see that some parents are engaging with online activities to entertain and educate their children, such as Joe Wicks' daily PE class (49%).
In addition to the kids that I've been tutoring online for GCSE English, French and History and for transfer test, I'm delighted to say that I've now been contacted by parents from the other side of the globe, who are taking this opportunity to encourage their kids to learn English.
I'm also gaining more adult clients who want to brush up on their English - all very exciting and - I have to say - great fun!
It's a new way of working in this 'new normal'.
If you'd like any further details about having your child tutored online in any of the subjects above, or if you're interested in one-to-one lessons in English as a foreign language for yourself, please pm me or email me at email@example.com.