Home schooling and working

If parents are expected to become home educators then working parents will have to be given sufficient hours away from work each day to enable this. Employers will need to be compensated

Why the contribution is important

Younger children when not in the classroom need input. At least at the beginning of an exercise. Parents cannot provide this input if they are also working. Employers have a reasonable expectation that employees be productive.

Add in pre school siblings to the mix and the parents time is even more important as otherwise they will interrupt the school child wanting to "join in"

by Eleanormullan on May 09, 2020 at 07:50AM

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  • Posted by Frosy87 May 09, 2020 at 08:24

    Parents are not expected to become home educators, teachers are still doing this. You need to support and care for your child.
  • Posted by Slaurand May 09, 2020 at 08:31

    Or people with care duties/ home schooling will need to reduce their hours and be compensated directly. Time to look at universal income? Or extending maternity/paternity leave and statutory pay? I would be willing to reduce hours but if it's for years I'd want to know that I would be able to increase my hours again once my care responsibility was reduced.
  • Posted by cherry May 09, 2020 at 08:59

    I agree, we are being expected to do two jobs whilst most teachers are barely doing one. The leaders of their profession need to be careful as we are all asking ourselves what are teachers doing? Do we need them if we can teach our children ourselves ( certainly primary teachers anyway). Vulnerable children need a secure place to be, but for others, parents are probably teaching their children more than they would get at school. Teachers need to step up to the mark. There is huge variation, with some doing nothing and others trying their best.
  • Posted by Frosy87 May 09, 2020 at 09:18

    Teachers are teaching. They are supporting children online. They are stepping up.
    If you don't know what your children's teachers are doing ask. My children's teachers are online and contactable to support throughout the day. When we send work back we get written and video feedback. Teachers are not sat doing nothing. And if you are struggling with your own children perhaps you should appreciate teachers who manage to educate 30.
  • Posted by Aham25 May 09, 2020 at 10:58

    Teachers are barely doing one job?! Interesting as a teacher I am working in the hubs to support key workers children whilst also providing online daily learning, feedback, reporting, online weekly staff meetings, contacting families, writing policies, undertaking online modules, looking after my own two children and homeschooling them! Currently at about 55 hours work a week last time I checked! I am saddened to hear that some are not stepping up as this is certainly not the case in the local schools I know of where teachers are delivering meals, working 12 hour shifts and holidays in hubs. We are certainly not sitting doing nothing I can assure you.
  • Posted by Cloball May 09, 2020 at 11:05

    I am dumbfounded that individuals think teachers are ‘barley doing anything’ and that they are calling into question the need for teachers after this pandemic. There are no expectations for parents and carers to become home educators, the most important aspect is the wellbeing of children and families. Teachers are on hand and contactable 24 hours a day now through online learning and are doing everything they can to support children and continue their learning.
  • Posted by TEACHER66 May 09, 2020 at 11:29

    I am insulted by the comment about teachers 'barely doing anything'.
    I am planning lessons, posting videos of what I'm teaching to the children, phoning parents, attending staff meetings (via Zoom) and I'm contactable from 7am until about 11pm (when I finally put my laptop away). For me, this has included weekends and yesterday's bank holiday. I do not bridge that for a minute because I am passionate about my profession and I care about the children in my class.
    My colleagues are the same and some of them have young children to care for. We are doing our best to keep in touch with our pupils. There seems to be a lot of pressure on schools to re-open, based on 'evidence' that young people are rarely affected by this virus. Who do the public think are actually in schools, educating and caring for these young people? Are we just collateral damage? Half of the teachers I work with are either in the high risk category, or in the very high risk category, with shielding letters. Some of the children live in households where they have parents and siblings who are shielding.
    This virus is not going to go away. So, I would appreciate it if the people who are vilifying my profession, could come up with a solution, based on evidence, as to how we best safeguard our pupils and staff should the schools reopen.
  • Posted by cdgilmour May 09, 2020 at 16:26

    I also insulted by the naivety of individuals who assume that teachers are doing nothing. I am working longer hours now, than I have ever done, along with home schooling my own child. I am happy to continue this way, as the safety of all must be a priority. I have seen a number of children progress considerably with their work out-with the school environment in the absence of bullying and peer pressure from others in the class. I would suggest that those who are not happy contact their school and I am sure they will only to willing to listen to their fears.
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