ASCL response to Sutton Trust poll on teaching children at home

10/04/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the Sutton Trust poll showing that only two-fifths of parents feel confident about teaching their children at home.
 
Commenting on the Sutton Trust poll showing that only two-fifths of parents feel confident about teaching their children at home, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: 

We are not surprised that many parents do not feel confident about teaching children at home as they have been put in a completely unexpected situation very suddenly. We are particularly concerned about the impact on disadvantaged families and the potential for this situation to further widen educational gaps between rich and poor. 

We would reassure all parents that there is no expectation to home-school their children, and their efforts are best directed at supporting learning by helping children to structure their day with breaks for exercise, and activities such as reading, using learning resources like BBC Bitesize and watching educational TV programmes. Schools will continue to provide pupils with schemes of work and teachers are doing a very good job at delivering these remotely.”