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Only a fifth of state school students work 20 hours a week during lockdown classes

Revealed: Only a fifth of state school students work 20 hours a week during lockdown classes – in stark contrast to 63 percent of privately trained students

  • Only 19 percent of the school’s students work at least 20 hours a week
  • This compares to more than 60 percent of children in independent schools
  • The first students are preparing to go back to school in England tomorrow
  • Research shows a regional divide about parents’ willingness to return children

The surprising difference between the amount of work done by students in private schools during the lockdown and that in state schools was revealed in a survey of parents.

About 63 percent of children in independent schools have at least 20 hours a week of home schooling, but the proportion of local students who do this a lot is only 19 percent and for those in academies only 23 percent.

The differences set out in an exclusive Sunday / Mumsnet poll mail come as the first students prepare to return to class tomorrow.

Experts fear that the gap between children who receive daily online education and children in schools with poor homeschooling could devastate a generation [File photo]

Experts fear that the gap between children who receive daily online education and children in schools with poor homeschooling could devastate a generation [File photo]

Meanwhile, other research showed:

  • There is a gap between North and South in the attitude of parents to return their children;
  • At least 25 municipalities will ignore government guidelines to reopen schools tomorrow;

The Mumsnet survey of more than 1,000 subscribers found that approximately 83 percent of private students worked at least ten hours a week.

Only 53 percent of state students do this much and 47 percent of academic students.

When asked about the effect lockdown has had on their child’s upbringing, most student parents in all types of schools agreed that it was harmful.

Only about one in five parents in each group believed lockdown had been beneficial.

A majority of families in the Midlands and East of England plan to return their children this week. Still, only 45 percent of northeastern parents said they would do the same, with comparable numbers for Yorkshire and Humberside and the northwest [File photo]

A majority of families in the Midlands and East of England plan to return their children this week. Still, only 45 percent of northeastern parents said they would do the same, with comparable numbers for Yorkshire and Humberside and the northwest [File photo]

A majority of families in the Midlands and East of England plan to return their children this week. Still, only 45 percent of northeastern parents said they would do the same, with comparable numbers for Yorkshire and Humberside and the northwest [File photo]

Experts fear that the gap between children who receive daily online education and children in schools with poor homeschooling could devastate a generation.

Senior Department for Education official Vicki Steward predicted that the range difference between underprivileged children and their affluent peers could increase by as much as 75 percent.

The Office of National Statistics has found that allowing young children and students in group 6 (10 to 11 year olds) to return to school – those returning this week – may be up to 1 million parents or 3.8 percent of the workforce.

But the reality is that many parents will keep their children at home, especially those in the north where Covid-19 infections may not have peaked.

Research by data service company Dynata reveals a gap with those in the South, East and Midlands and the rest of England over their willingness to return their children.

In the Southwest, more than 60 percent of surveyed families said they were “comfortable or very comfortable” opening schools this week.

The figure for the South East and East Midlands was also more than half. But in the Northeast, 78 percent of parents said they were “very uncomfortable, somewhat uncomfortable, or neutral” about resuming school so quickly, and 62 percent in Yorkshire and Humberside felt the same.

When asked if they would send their children back to school on June 1, 66 percent of parents in Greater London said yes, as did 72 percent in the Southwest.

A majority of families in the Midlands and East of England plan to return their children this week. Still, only 45 percent of northeastern parents said they would do the same, with comparable numbers for Yorkshire and Humberside and the northwest.

Thousands of state elections have been told by councils and unions not to open.

A Mail on Sunday survey by local education authorities found that at least 25 municipalities out of 152 in England are refusing to open schools.

The surprising difference between the amount of work done by students in private schools during closure compared to that in public schools was revealed in a study of parents [File photo]

The surprising difference between the amount of work done by students in private schools during closure compared to that in public schools was revealed in a study of parents [File photo]

The surprising difference between the amount of work done by students in private schools during closure compared to that in public schools was revealed in a study of parents [File photo]

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