A new report suggests teachers are worried that they will face more pressure from parents who now want greater input into their children’s education after their lockdown home-schooling experience.
Research1 from specialist insurer Ecclesiastical has found that 69% of teachers believe they are going to face more pressure from parents for greater personalisation thanks to learning at home. Some 61% expect to see an increase in home-schooling and 68% are expecting a demand for other forms of alternative education.
Now, the main concern is, unsurprisingly, COVID-19 and the associated risks.
While more than a third of teachers (36%) actively want parents to be extremely involved in their children’s education, the majority are worried about this increased pressure. Some 45% expect to see changes in alternative education provision as a result of COVID-19.
In the earlier Ecclesiastical research, a quarter (25%) of respondents believed this increase is a positive one, saying that schools will adapt to a greater choice for children. However, 22% considered it a negative, with some believing that alternative education, “leads to an extraordinary and unnecessary rise in the expectations of students in the mainstream schools”.
Parental expectation was still a key concern for the earlier respondents, along with the worry that alternative education doesn’t give the opportunity for students to grow or results in a lack of motivation.
Faith Kitchen, Ecclesiastical’s education director, says: “Perhaps with an inevitable rise in flexible working across all sectors thanks to COVID-19, there is a chance that more parents will opt for flexi-schooling around their working schedule as an alternative to the mainstream. Our latest research has found 69% of teachers believe they are going to face more pressure from parents for greater personalisation as a result of mass home-schooling during the coronavirus lockdown. The majority of teachers we surveyed also expect to see an increase in home-schooling and a greater demand for other forms of alternative education.”
1 The survey was commissioned by Ecclesiastical Insurance and conducted by OnePoll with 500 primary and secondary school teachers from 10th – 20th August 2020.