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How Home-Schooling Impacted Parents Mental Health

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During the lockdown period, bouts of stress and anxiety, caused by the Coronavirus, created a wave of new challenges that parents had to adapt to.

This year has been particularly challenging for the British parents, who -throughout the lockdown period – had to juggle not only their own workload, but manage home-schooling too. In fact, national tutoring platform MyTutor has unveiled a window into the mental health profile of parents in the UK, and they have found that over 2 fifths of parents felt their own mental health was impacted by the lockdown period.

This Mental Health Awareness Day, the theme is “mental health awareness for all” and parents certainly deserve recognition for helping their children with their education.

New nationally representative research commissioned by MyTutor – the UK’s leading online tutoring firm – additionally opens the window to give insight into the mental health of students, too:

Key National Statistics

  • 41% of parents agree that their own mental health has suffered because of the increased pressure and responsibility of helping their child with their home schooling
  • Over 2 million parents – 17% – agree that since COVID-19, their child’s mental health is the worst it has ever been
  • Over a quarter – 26% – agree that since COVID-19, there is a visible decline in their child’s educational progression and they are now scoring lower on assessed work
  • Over half – 59% – agree that since COVID-19, their child has fallen out of a routine with regards to their education and their motivation to work has declined

The mental impact of the Coronavirus crisis has been well-documented and this new research from MyTutor shows that the period has also affected parents. Education should be celebrated, and MyTutor hope to make the lives of parents and students easier with their one-to-one tutoring platform.

Bertie Hubbard, Co-Founder and CEO of MyTutor, comments on the need for support:

“2020 has been a tough year for teens. And after 5 months out of school, exam cancellations, not seeing friends and worrying about covid-19, it’s no surprise that 26% parents feel their child’s mental health has declined. 17% parents agree that their mental health is the worst it’s ever been, and 59% have noticed a decline in their motivation to learn. With schools open again, catching up on lost learning and prepping for retakes and mocks this term brings another set of challenges for teens.

They’re in more need than ever for some support and reassurance with their studies, and that’s exactly what our tutors offer. Our tutors are all from UK unis, and because they’re just a few years older they can easily relate to what teens are going through. With their dedicated one-to-one support, teens get some much-needed reassurance and come out with a stronger self-belief – 88% say that lessons made them feel more confident.”

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