Stuart Rogers

VIA20

Sandbach, United Kingdom

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Challenge

The content of a curriculum changes on a regular basis and with the average age of parents being 31.1 years old (UK - 2019) there is at least a 20 year gap between the curriculum parents were taught and the one their primary aged children are taught. For example, in Mathematics, today's parents find it incredibly difficult to support their child's learning as the mathematical strategies they were taught as children is significantly different to that taught to their children today. This inevitably leads to frustration and conflict between children and parents during homework sessions at home as parents often attempt to teach a mathematical strategy 'their way' which bares little resemblance to the one taught in the classroom. COVID-19 and home learning has further highlighted the gap between parents and children's knowledge and understanding of a national curriculum as children have struggled without teacher support and parents have been unable to assist due to a lack of knowledge and understanding of modern methods. So how do we bridge that learning and education gap between parents and children and, more importantly, how do we prevent it from growing? Likewise, with new initiatives such as the Mastery Curriculum and the SIngapore Bar Model becoming a common approach in mathematics, how do we upskill parents and keep them current with new stategies and methods? The educational cohesion between teacher - student - parent is an essential tenet of a successful education system. How do we narrow the education gap between all three stakeholders so we develop independent, confident and successful learners?

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