Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/01/2014. Tags: Parenting Teachers
According to the Central Statistics Office, who released it’s Quarterly National Household survey this week, the majority of parents at primary level help their children with homework
. The survey reveals that 4% of primary children and 28 % of post-primary children do the homework themselves without help. With over 526,000 primary school children in the country, these figures suggest that more than 21,000 receive no help from their parents.
Summary of main CSO findings
* Over two thirds (69%) of primary school children and 13% of secondary school children are assisted daily by their parents with homework. Some 4% of primary school children and 28% of secondary school children never
receive assistance with their homework.
* Overall 59% of school children’s parents feel very confident about assisting their children with homework
. In family units where the mother has a third level degree or above, 72% of parents feel very confident about assisting secondary school children with homework.
* Among pre-school or school children (aged 3-7) 93% are being read to by their parents. 71% are being read to on a daily basis.
* 71% of school children with a parent in employment use the internet outside school to access school learning material,
. 59% of school children with parents who are both unemployed or not in the labour force and 55% of school children with parents who are both not in the labour force access the internet for the same purpose.
* 87% of parents aspire to having their children remain in the education system
to attend college or university. However, only 82% of parents believe their children will actually remain in the education system to attend college or university.
* 61% of parents whose first language was English or Irish felt very confident about assisting with their children’s homework. In contrast just 47% of parents whose first language was not English or Irish felt very confident about assisting in this way.CSO Source