Research by Rosetta Stone has revealed the extent of parental concern as lockdown measures ease, with 41% of parents saying they are worried about their child’s ability to catch up on their learning when schools reopen in September, and 44% claiming they plan to continue remote learning from home throughout the summer holidays.
Surveying over 1,000 parents of students age 11-16, and 1,000 children aged 11-16, the online learning language provider sought to analyse the effects of last term’s school closures.
While certain measures remain in place, the lockdown situation has significantly eased since it was first enforced in March. Despite this, however, many parents have been balancing working from home with educating and entertaining their children who were not permitted to attend school. The survey also found that, even before the summer holidays, 64% of parents were concerned about keeping their children occupied while at home.
Following the disruption, many parents fear that their kids will struggle to adapt to normality post-lockdown. This worry will be even more prevalent among those pressing on with home schooling throughout the summer break. As certain regions fall back into local lockdown, it’s no wonder that 31% of parents are finding it hard to support their child’s education and development in engaging and creative ways. This could be the root cause of concern among the 41% who fear their child will not be at the expected level come September.
On a more positive note, languages are the favourite choice of subject among children and young people, who enjoy how these disciplines are suited to independent and play-based learning. Twenty-seven percent of Rosetta Stone’s child respondents said they’d be more interested in picking up a foreign language phrases than they would researching science or maths.
On top of this, 60% of 11-16-year-olds cite future relevance and real-world application as their favourite aspect of language learning, while 55% say that they’d like to learn a language for fun.
Matt Burton, star of Educating Yorkshire and headteacher of Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, said: “The pause button has been pressed this year for all students, but there’s no need to panic about falling behind. Keeping educationally active, though, is really important, and a great way to do this is by starting to pick up a new language. This can help keep children engaged, develop their independence and resilience, and is a hugely important life skill that can last forever.”
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