‘We just have to sail this sea all together until we find a shore’: parents’ accounts of home-educating primary-school children in England during COVID-19

Lucy J Wenham, Claire A Lee*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Parents’ everyday realities of enforced home-schooling during COVID-19 may offer important insights into strengths and weakness of education systems. This article presents findings from a qualitative study involving parents of primary-school-age children in England during the first ‘lockdown’. Parents shared common concerns with routine, motivation, resources, support, and children’s wellbeing, and responded creatively to the challenges they faced. We argue that focusing narrowly on ‘learning loss’ and getting ‘back on track’ may lead to impoverished educational experiences post-COVID-19, and that a broad, engaging curriculum with social and emotional wellbeing at its core will support children’s thriving in an uncertain future.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation 3-13
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2021

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