Becta’s “Oh, nothing much” report

The majority of parents say that they don’t know as much about their child’s day at school as they would like too, according to the “Oh, Nothing Much report” commissioned by Becta to support its Next Generation Learning campaign.

The survey of 1,000 children aged between 7 and 14 years and 1,000 parents in the UK, reveals that 43% of parents admit they find it difficult or very difficult to extract information from their child about their day at school.

 Other important findings of the report include:

  • A third of parents feel excluded by their children
  • Only 16% of children proactively talk about their school day
  • Children admit they want to keep ‘hassling’ parents away from school life
  • 82% of parents want schools to keep them better informed

However, parents are not alone in dealing with this communication challenge: almost half of children (44%) don’t like sharing information with their parents; they like to keep their school day private, and over a third (37%) of children say they find it quite or very difficult to speak to their parents about their education.

As part of the “Oh, nothing much” area of the Next Generation Learning website Dr Tanya Byron (author of 2008 Byron Report) is writing a blog to share insights from Becta’s research into how parents and their children discuss learning. Topics will include practical parenting tips on how to maximise communication with their children exploring uses of technology at home and in the classroom and how parents can get more involved with their child’s education and have fun along the way! For more information visit Tanya’s blog here

Parents and Educators can also follow the Next generation learning site here on Twitter

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