How Chesterfield parents have got to grips with homeschooling

Remote learning has been a new struggle for many parents over the last 10 months, from grasping the rules of maths to WiFi crashes it certainly hasn’t been easy.

By Laura Andrew
Monday, 18th January 2021, 1:38 pm
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 1:39 pm

We asked our readers to share their experiences with remote learning during the three national lockdowns that England has endured.

Anna Vikecy said: “Well, it’s not the easiest thing but with proper attitude is going quite smoothly.“I have to praise St Joseph's Primary School as they were prepared for all possibilities.“So, when lock down happened the learning continued right from next day.

“Video calls with teacher is every single morning and afternoon, with possibilities to contact teachers in any point and ask for help.”

Our readers share their experiences with remote learning.

Rebecca Bristowe said: “Well my daughter is three and home schooling has been a nightmare!“The only thing I can say is it’s really opened my eyes that I never want a career in teaching.”

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Rob Nightingale-Smith is having to balance his teaching job and helping his own children.

He said: “I’m a teacher delivering remote lessons and supporting my own kids at home.”I’m looking forward to schools reopening!”

Rebecca Bristowe says remote learning has made her realise she never wants a career in teaching.

Some parents wanted to thanks their schools for the support they have given.

Kelly-Louise Stevens said: “Spire Juniors school been amazing through it all since the pandemic started.“Always there for help and advice,they understand its hard for us and tell us to take it a one day at a time.“They try it make it as fun as possible for the children and invested in new online learning platforms so its easy for the children to work and to send their work for marking.”

Nicky Skerritt agreed.

She said: “Sharley Park Community Primary have been absolutely fantastic with being there for parents and home schooling.“They’re always at the end of the phone for the children. “I never feel alone in it all.”

Debbie Skates has been using food to teach fractions.

But not all parents are having a positive experience.

Stacey Walker said: “No online classes here because my internet connection wont hold out for the video calls.“So I print off what I can and we do what we can.“We’ve all got enough on without adding to the stress.”

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Kerry Priest says it has been a good opportunity for sibling bonding.
Elizabeth Jean says a tactic of long breaks has helped her through.
Willow aged four completing her school work at home. Shared by mum Jody Newton.