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MSE Poll: How do you rate the online education your kids are getting?

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Poll started 19 May 2020

School's out for millions of children and young people across the UK (though not all), with many parents relying on online teaching and resources to keep kids learning during lockdown. This week, we want to know how you're finding the remote education your kids are getting. PS: Thank you to all the teachers working hard for our kids throughout this period.

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  • FireflyawayFireflyaway Forumite
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    I know that quality of the provision is not just down to the schools. The area where I previously worked had a high proportion of families who had no internet  or computers at home. It wasn't uncommon for families to have 5,6 or 7 kids so even if they had a pc it was unlikely all the kids would get long enough on it to complete any work. 
    Personally I don't think we should get too concerned ( although I feel for those who should have had exams). There are other important life lessons kids can be learning. Cooking, housework, exercise, finding creative ways to pass time and learning to be grateful for what we do have. 
  • Argento123Argento123 Forumite
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    Both children at Junior school in affluent St. Albans. Their school has refused to teach classes of children online, saying not all children have computers they can use at home. The few children that do need computers would be supplied with new ones from the PTA funds but still the Headmaster resisted teaching children online. Instead the children are sent sheets to work from and projects.
    The children are sent  "cosy" video's from their teachers who are at home on Yoga mats etc telling the children to stay safe!! We are appalled by there PR attempts.
    In an affluent town there is no reason not to teach junior school children if the Headmaster is prepared to arrange this. This particular school is open for the children of Key Workers and has not closed down during the pandemic. 
    State Junior Schools cannot be compared to the efforts being made by Private Junior Schools who are teaching their classes online all day and marking each pupil's work as well.
    The private school teachers have adapted to teaching children online and it's incredibly hard work.
    Apparently the Government gave NO RULING to schools as to what or how to teach, they can teach or not, during the pandemic, it seems.
    State school teachers have not stood up to scrutiny during this pandemic. The Government's promise to supply a computer to all children who need one, has not come to fruition but in affluent St Albans where those children who need a computer will happily be given one, there is no excuse not to teach junior school children online. 

  • Argento123Argento123 Forumite
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    Fireflyaway I agree with what you have written. Of course having both sufficient computers and internet at home is part of the equation. The Government promised but did not deliver.
    The point I wish to make is that in an affluent area where the school's PTA offered to buy the 3 or 4 children without a computer, a computer each, and fund any internet costs, the Headmaster remained firm. No online teaching.  The picture you paint of of happily creative children is hardly reality. Their parents are mostly trying to hold down their jobs working from home. Trying to earn money to support their children who could, if they went to private school, be attending a school day online with their teacher and class mates. 
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    FireflyawayFireflyaway Forumite
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    edited 21 May at 10:55AM
    There is definitely a divide. My child has a full schedule. Every lesson as well as assemblies, form time etc have just transferred online. As a fee paying school they probably feel some extra pressure to provide a good alternative. I know some parents would definitely complain if there wasn't an alternative because we are still paying fees. I maintain kids can still be learning alternative skills but if parents are trying to work at the same time that's really stressful and probably impossible to work and help with school work. I think parents should not feel bad or inadequate if they can't devote time to school work or don't have the equipment. The most important thing is to protect yours and your children's mental health. Kids are pretty resilient and will probably catch up just fine once they return to school. 
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
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    If you've older children then it depends what course they're doing. My 17yo is on a musical theatre one, there's elements that they can't teach on-line. To get round this they've put all theoretical work that should have been spread over the 2 years into the rest of this year. With the result that it's very tough and they're trying to understand work that they wouldn't have touched on until a later stage.
    Son at Uni on a forensic computer course says his on-line lessons aren't at the calibre they usually run at. You've also got the added complication of whether they will continue on-line for next year and the issue of whether they can share accommodation which makes us not to want to pay his rent for somewhere barely open and on-line classes. He can stay at home and do that!
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