I took a sharp intake of breath last night, when my youngest son asked for help with his maths homework. There was a tap on my shoulder and the question that so many of us dread ”Dad, can you help me with my homework?”
Schools rightly say that children need to be able to work independently, but there are times when they just need some help – and like any caring parent, you feel that you should be able to provide this support. I found myself saying ”it’s not like it was in my day” – hold on a minute, isn’t that what my father said too?
Even when you can provide help, it somehow ends up as an argument – hold on, maybe that’s just our family. I can quite understand how any parent trying to teach their offspring to drive is also doomed to failure.
All of this isn’t surprising really, when you consider the time expired since we left full time education, let alone changes to the Curriculum in the meantime. Those of you who can recognise my conundrum, will be unsurprised to hear that in a recent survey of 2,000 parents, five out of six parents were embarrassed to say that they struggle to help their children with homework.
So, where next? Well private tutoring can provide that one to one support when it’s required. But it’s not always practical to find a tutor when you need one, let alone get support at 6pm when the homework is due in at 9am the next day. We have been thinking hard about this, and are working hard on a new online tutoring website which will connect families and CRB checked tutors.
Tutorhub is currently being piloted with a group of families and tutors. If you are interested to learn more about how you can become part of this pilot, please feel free to contact me.