Nick Gibb

Returning to school during the summer term delighted many children, according to a new survey by @StarLineSupport and @MumsnetTowers - but some parents are still feeling anxious, particularly those whose children will be sitting GCSEs in the summer of 2021.

Of those whose children have had at least a partial return to school before the summer holidays, 77% said their child was happy to be back, including a whopping 94% of parents of children in Reception. Only 3% are worried that schools’ arrangements aren’t safe enough, and only 7% are worried that COVID measures at school are upsetting for children. 46% say they feel happier about their child’s education after the return to school, but 34% are worried that their child still isn’t getting a ‘proper education’, rising to 66% of parents of children who were in Year 10 in the academic year 2019-2020.

74% of all respondents were confident that their child's school is on top of things when it comes to the safety and educational challenges presented by COVID. Confidence peaks among parents of children in Reception at 83%, but is lowest among parents of children who were in Year 10 - those who will be sitting GCSEs next summer - among whom confidence plummets to 56%, with 42% saying they are worried that their child's school isn't on top of things. As OFQUAL publishes its consultation response indicating only small changes to the 2021 exams, a huge 81% of parents whose children will sit GCSEs or A Levels and other exams next summer are worried about the impact school closures and COVID-19 have had on their child’s potential achievement.

Among parents whose children have not yet returned to school at all, 75% say that supporting their child’s home learning has been stressful. Slightly over half (54%) say schools provided high-quality home learning materials, and 51% say the school provided good personal support such as phone calls home and individual emails.

Among parents whose child was offered the opportunity to spend some time in school before the summer holidays, 23% say they did not take up the offer. The top reasons included:

  • concern that their child might transmit COVID-19 to family members (48%);
  • confidence that homeschooling was working well (39%);
  • concern that their child might catch COVID-19 and become ill (38%); and
  • worries about the local or regional infection rate (32%).

Mumsnet founder and CEO Justine Roberts said: "The final third of this academic year has been astonishingly stressful for students, teachers and parents alike. It’s great to see that parents are largely confident in schools’ plans for coping with these strange new circumstances, and that most children who had some sort of a return to school were happy to go back. It’s clear, though, that parents of pupils who face public exams next summer are wary and anxious about what will happen, given that so much teaching time has been irrevocably lost. These students, and their parents, will be watching carefully to see how the government and the exam boards approach next year’s qualifications."

Hamid Patel, CEO of Star Academies added: "It’s very encouraging to know that respondents appreciate schools’ work to keep their children safe. The sector will continue to work closely with government to build parents’ confidence in readiness for the full opening of schools to all children in September."

Minister for School Standards, Nick Gibb said:

“It is our priority to get all children back in the classroom in September, as it is the best place for children to be, not only for their education but to be with their fellow pupils and teachers.

“We know the last few months have not been easy for parents, so it’s encouraging to see from this survey that they are becoming increasingly confident about their children returning to school and about the protective measures schools are putting in place.”

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