England parents want to abandon schools for at-home learning
A parent-led at-home learning with a child. England’s parents in Manchester would rather abandon schools for at-home distance learning for their kids if COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels
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England parents are planning to abandon schools for at-home learning
English parents will choose home learning if COVID-19 cases continue
England’s parents in Manchester would rather abandon schools for at-home distance learning for their kids if COVID-19 cases continue to rise, according to the report of a recent survey.
Over 8,000 people responded to Manchester Evening News (M.E.N)’s Back to School survey, which was shared by the Manchester Evening News Family Facebook page.
The parents were asked about the return to school, including how they feel about the sizes of school bubbles children have been put in and whether schools have enough safety measures in place. Over recent weeks the M.E.N has been keeping an updated account of school bubble closures across the region.
A single confirmed case in both the primary and high school year group had resulted in canceling numerous classes and having hundreds of kids and students sent home for self-isolation.
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60% of the parents said that if coronavirus infection cases continue to rise, then they would prefer at-home distance learning despite the lockdown emphasizing inconsistencies in how well schools delivered online learning and parents criticizing a lack of support as teachers faced increasing pressure to plan online lessons and reduce the impact of the children’s absence on education.
47 out of 100 parents said their kids’ school had a positive case of coronavirus infection since children returned from the break.
The result of the survey showed that 52% (4,255 out of the 8, 000) said that the number of pupils and staff isolating across Greater Manchester was ‘to be expected’ though ‘not too worrying’ and 37% (3,029) said it had made them think twice about sending children back.
Three weeks ago, the UK government said that it was making it a legal duty for schools to provide at-home remote education to kids and students unable to attend school even though its previous guidance said that it expected this from schools, rather than making it law.
The UK Department for Education’s (DfE) temporary continuity direction, under the Coronavirus Act 2020, states all state-funded school-age children must be provided instantaneous access to at-home remote education should they miss school due to coronavirus.
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