Three-quarters of parents feel the coronavirus outbreak will affect their child's education, reveals poll

About The Authors

31st March 2020 17:52 - Education

Three-quarters of parents feel the coronavirus outbreak will affect their child's education: With schools across the nation closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, parents have been thrown into a world of 'homeschooling' and uncertainty, with many having to do so at the same time as working from home.

A recent survey by Parentkind has found that three-quarters (77%) of parents fear that the time their child will spend away from school will affect their education in some way, with 17% saying they don't think their child's education will be affected at all. 

Parents were asked to select their level of worry using a sliding scale, with 'one' representing the lowest level of concern and 10, the highest. Almost a quarter of parents (24%) selected '10' on the scale, showing they are 'extremely concerned'.

While 15% said they were 'not confident at all' in homeschooling their child or children, 43% said they were 'confident', and 19%, 'very confident'. More than one in five  (22%) said they felt neither confident nor unconfident.

Biggest concerns of parents

When asked about their biggest concerns owing to school closures, a quarter (25%) said they are worried about their child falling behind or missing out on learning. Ranking second was exams with 11% saying it is their greatest concern. However, this figure was much higher for those parents with children who were about to sit their GCSEs, with 81% saying it is their main concern, along with 76% of parents with Year 13 children.

Parents were also asked to think about how the closures might affect them, with 49% having concerns about their own working situation. Of those who had concerns around employment, 46% mentioned the financial impact the closures might have. Concerns over stress, worry and mental health was mentioned by 14% of respondents polled.

Nine in ten respondents who completed the survey after the school closures on Friday 22nd March (93%) reported that their schools have shared details with parents to support home learning. 



Sign up for free insights from your sector…

Antispam code: 10087

Support Us...

We hope that you have found this article useful. This section is freely available for all to use. Please help support it by liking us or following us on our social media platforms:

Share this article...


For updated Education insights please follow us on @DJS_Education or use our RSS feed

Other Education Research Findings

Other Latest Market Research Insights

© DJS Research 2020