Homeschooling

Teacher admits some pupils have not been seen for weeks amid homeschooling debate

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

One of the toughest issues with the national lockdown has been the education of our children – and the burden that is having on their parents.

It is fair to say many adults have struggled to manage the busy workload a child is expected to get through at school and their own work during the global pandemic.

Unlike in the first lockdown, homeschooling in lockdown 3 must be a “direct replacement” for the learning which would have taken place had schools not been forced to close.

But the less than favourable environment has led to concerns of many children falling behind in their learning, with some teachers raising concerns of a complete absence of some of their charges.

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One teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, said ‘several’ of his Year Five pupils in his 29-strong class had not logged in once on their online education portal where they can access work that needs to be done.

Speaking to Hull Live, the teacher said: “There are some pupils who do all the work, some who do a fair chunk of it, but my concern is that there are several who haven’t actually logged on yet.

“The parents who are completing the work with their children would probably be quite surprised to know that other children in the school are not engaging with the work in any way.

“We know what a difficult time this is for parents, and we know each household is different and we appreciate that not all of the work might get done, but it’s a real concern that some are just not engaging at all.

“As teachers we care about our pupils a lot, this is not a witch hunt on parents, it’s a genuine concern for those pupils who are at home all day, but not completing any learning.”

The teacher said as the weeks go on, the gap between students across the school is widening.

It comes as there are concerns in the rise of illegal ‘homeschooling groups’ where people are apparently meeting up to deliver education as a group to their children, contravening lockdown rules.

The problem is not just affecting average folk, with even Royalty apparently struggling in these times.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, has spoke of the energy and patience required to home school Prince George and Princess Charlotte, saying she has been exhausted by the task.


The government has confirmed that schools will not reopen next month, dashing the hopes of parents, MPs and campaigners who had hoped they would welcome back all children on February 22, immediately after half term.

Last week Boris Johnson said schools will not open until Monday March 8 at the earliest.

Currently, only children of key workers and vulnerable kids can attend, though nurseries remain open.

Along with millions of parents longing for the reopening of schools, children have also reported homeschooling having a negative impact on their mental health.

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Mamie M. Arndt