A quarter of primary school parents baffled by homework

New research reveals a quarter of British parents (26 per cent) admit to being baffled when it comes to their kids’ homework, with maths being the subject where help is most needed.
 
As many as three quarters (76 per cent) of mums and dads confess to feeling guilty because they don’t feel they support their child enough when it comes to schoolwork, with over a third (35 per cent) admitting they often ended up feeling utterly stressed out at homework time.
 
More than half (52 per cent) of parents said they have totally forgotten topics like trigonometry from their own school days and have no idea how to help their children. Other school subjects that left parents bewildered were Algebra (45 per cent), long division 25 (per cent), fractions (18 per cent) and averages (11 per cent).
 
The research was carried out by teacher-led education service providers White Rose Maths, to better understand the impact homework can have on families, and explore some of the barriers faced by parents when it comes to helping their children with their homework, and where they may need additional support.
 
It has been found the average parent spends one hour and 22 minutes helping their child with homework in a typical week, with 42 per cent saying their child wants to get it over and done with as quickly as possible.
 
More than one in five (21 per cent) parents said homework time in their house always leads to tears and tantrums, while a third said just getting their kids to start it is the tricky part.
 
16 per cent of parents complained that their children don’t try hard enough. But 50 per cent of adults are in agreement that their child has far more homework than they did as a child and 24 per cent feel it is too much.
 
Of the 1,000 8 - 13 year olds who were also polled as part of the study, 21 per cent revealed their parents often make mistakes when trying to help them and 22 per cent said they make matters worse by confusing them.
 
Jess Easton, Head of Training for White Rose Maths said: “The findings show that primary school parents can often feel frustrated and helpless when it comes to helping their children with their homework, particularly when it comes to subjects like maths. White Rose Maths is driven by our passion for transforming the teaching of maths and enabling every child to master the subject.

“During this challenging year, we have been able to adapt quickly to share hundreds of resources online and make maths accessible to everyone. We are proud to offer parents support through the free online resources. We want to continue to spread the word even further to help as many parents and children as possible, and make a real difference.”