The government’s announcement that all schools will remain closed from Friday the 20th of March has marked a new way of life for thousands of parents and children across the UK.
With the Coronavirus death toll rising to 104 Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced the closure of all schools, nurseries and universities across the U.K until further notice.
Schools will only remain open to look after vulnerable children and the children of key workers resulting in exams being postponed for the foreseeable future.
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For many parents this is a life changing commitment and some major adjustments have had to be made across U.K households to facilitate the new home schooling system.
School teachers have set out to make learning as clear as possible with guidelines and communications available through most school websites.
” The schools minimum working timetable of 2 hours just isn’t sufficient enough”. Jane broderick, mother of two.
The new system offers flexibility but this has caused concern for some parents. Mother of two, Jane Broderick, from Harrow worries that “The schools minimum working timetable of 2 hours just isn’t sufficient enough”.
She then goes on to explain that upon returning to schools in September “Some children may be disadvantaged if their parents did not follow the learning guidelines set out by schools and this is unfair”.
Some students are taking a more positive approach to the situation. Shania Broderick, a student from Stockport Grammar, is tackling the task head on as she says she wants “to continue at home as normal as possible to avoid to falling behind”.
Although people have been advised to stay indoors, Eva Lloyd OBE, Professor of Early Childhood at the University of East London, says “A balance has to be struck between mental and physical health, depending on what the next piece of official information is”, suggesting where possible parents should still take their children for some outdoor exercise at the park.
Academics have urged parents to try and remain positive during this time by looking at the brightside of the situation. Professor of Child Psychology at West Sussex University, Cartwright-Hatton, pointed out how parents are always so busy nowadays with work life and not being able to spend enough time with kids but “that will not be a problem for a lot of people for quite a while now”.