9th March 2018
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Nearly half of British parents would move their child to a fee-paying school if they could, according to a major poll
British parents are happier about the quality of teaching at their child’s school than their counterparts in most other countries that took part in a major survey.
Yet, given the choice, many UK parents would move their child to a fee-paying school, even if they are happy with their state school.
has been billed as “the most comprehensive global study ever of the hopes, fears and views of parents across 29 countries”, and is based on an Ipsos Mori poll of more than 27,000 people
Based on parents of children aged 4-18, the study also asked to look ahead to 2030 and think about how well schools were preparing children for a fast-changing future. Here, again the UK rated highly: 67 per cent of parents said their child’s school was preparing them well for the world of 2030 and beyond, higher than Germany, Italy and Spain and the average across 29 countries (64 per cent).
A quarter of parents do not help children with homework 'for fear of embarrassment'
The Varkey Foundation also found that just over one in 10 UK mothers and fathers spend the equivalent of at least an hour a day assisting their children with their school work.
Meanwhile, parents from India, Vietnam, Colombia and Malaysia were the most likely to spend seven hours a week helping their children with homework, according to a survey published by the Varkey Foundation, a global education charity.
On average, British parents spend 3.6 hours a week helping their youngsters, the poll calculates.
Chris McGovern, chairman of Campaign for Real Education, said that while middle class parents might hire private tutors to guide their children through the homework, deprived families may lack the wherewithal to do the same.
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