Women more likely to have homeschooled kids

New ONS statistics show women were more likely to have homeschooled their children than men in the latest lockdown.

Mum helps daughter with homeschooling at the table

 

Women were more likely to have overseen homeschooling than men during the latest lockdown, according to the Office for National Statistics.

It says 90% of parents said a child in their household had been homeschooled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the past seven days. The ONS said 52% of men and 67% of women with a school-aged child said they had personally homeschooled, whereas in April 2020 it found no difference between the percentage of men and women who said they had homeschooled.

Of parents who had personally homeschooled, half (50%) said it was negatively affecting their well-being in January 2021 compared with 28% in April 2020; whilst almost two-thirds (63%) said that it was negatively affecting their children’s well-being, compared with 43% in April 2020. Just over half (53%) of homeschooling parents said homeschooling was putting a strain on relationships, compared with 36% in April 2020.

47% of homeschooling parents said their job was negatively affected by homeschooling, compared with 30% of homeschooling parents in employment in April 2020.

In January 2021, nearly half (45%) of parents said their child spent 21 hours or more learning using resources provided by their school in the past seven days; this was up from 18% in May 2020.

However, fewer parents of school-aged children said that their child struggled to continue their education at home in January 2021 (38%) than in May 2020 (52%).



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