One quarter of parents are considering investing in some form of home schooling over the summer holidays to ensure their children’s grades don’t slip, according to a recent survey. The poll of 1,000 primary school parents, carried out for an online tutoring company, revealed that a fifth of respondents already hire tutors to teach their children at home in order to help them be the “best in the class”.
This home tutoring is said to be an attempt to mitigate the “summer slide” – that is, the tendency for pupils’ grades to slip back over the long summer break. Research has shown that students fare less well in tests sat at the end of the summer holiday than they do in the same tests at the start of it.
Even if they were not planning to hire a tutor, the majority of parents said they planned to undertake some kind of educational activities with their children over the holiday, including reading books, helping with revision and investigating literacy and numeracy mobile apps.
However, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, cautioned parents not to forget the purpose of the summer holidays. “Children need a break from learning pressure and time to play – which is itself educational,” she said.