The Independent Schools Association are reporting that more and more parents are looking to move their children to private schools after fears that children have fallen behind dramatically since schools closed in March. Some private schools have seen a 20-30% increase in demand from new parents. In fact, a report by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) in June demonstrated that a decade’s worth of work to reduce the attainment gap in the UK had been reversed due to the impact of the pandemic, so it is understandable that parents are feeling anxious about their children’s education.
For most parents in the UK, however, moving their children is not an option; either because of logistical reasons, or financial ones. It may be wise, therefore, to continue home-schooling in some capacity through the holidays in order to ensure pupils are as prepared as possible for the return to school in September.
Research from Parentkind reveals that a staggering 77% of parents are worried that their children are falling behind academically, with reports from UCL showing that around two million children carried out little to no schoolwork during lockdown. To help reverse some of this impact and to provide some structure during the holidays, an online tutor may help to keep kids on track and accountable, while boosting confidence and encouraging a safe form of social interaction.
Recently, MyTutor partnered with supermarket Aldi to offer one-on-one tutoring sessions at a reduced cost, in order to ensure this tailored style of educational support is more easily accessible to parents across the country.
Bertie Hubbard – CEO and co-founder of MyTutor – discusses how EdTech and the new partnership with Aldi can help students through the summer holidays:
“This launch could not come at a better time given parents’ concerns about increasing learning gaps before the start of the new academic year. One-to-one tuition has been proven to boost progress by five months and so we’re delighted to be working with Aldi to help more children get back on track with their studies so they can start the new school year full of confidence.”