Summer holidays are fast approaching and students and teachers alike will be looking forward to a break from school. As we’ve discussed in the last few articles, there is evidence that pupils who do not engage in educational activities can slip back by up to 6 weeks in their academic ability during the summer holiday. Children who do learn through the summer tend to get further ahead of their peers and the achievement widens year by year.

In this final article, we will discuss ways you can practically support your child’s learning over the summer holidays, without planning a schedule of daily classes.

 

National Literacy Trust Director Jonathan Douglas reported that:

just ten minutes a day reading can make a “huge” difference (Gallagher, 2016)

In fact research by the National Literacy Trust (2016), showed that children who read daily outside school are five times more likely to read above the expected level for their age compared to children who never read outside class.

Many schools do not set much homework for the summer holidays, despite it being an ideal opportunity for parents to help their children as most parents have more time available.

In fact, 67% of parents responded in a survey (BBC, 2013) by mathsfactor.com that they planned to do some educational activities with their child during the holidays. These activities included reading books (29%), using the latest literacy and numeracy mobile apps (14%), Sats revision (8%) and online courses (7%), according to the online poll.

over a quarter of parents responded they were planning to hire tutors for their primary-age children during the holidays.

This figure is roughly the same percentage of older students enrolling in private tuition to prepare for their GCSE exams.

Easy ways to include education in to your holidays:

  • Read a chapter of a book every night (or whilst traveling if your child likes to read during journeys)
  • Arrange educational days out; museums, art galleries, libraries, cultural sites etc.
  • When going to the park, use the opportunity to teach young children about the animals, the birds, the trees etc.
  • Use technology to your advantage. Children can use online sites and platforms proactively for learning.
  • Visit the library and encourage your child to borrow books that interest them. Factual or fictional books both count as reading and aid your child’s learning.

At Accelerate, we will be staying open and running classes as usual throughout the holidays, as well as holding some additional educational activities.

 

References
Britland, M. (2013). Shorter holidays will stop private tuition widening the achievement gap. [online] The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/aug/02/shorter-holidays-private-tuition-achievement-gap [Accessed 3 May 2018].
Gallagher, S. (2016). Summer Learning Loss: Should Parents Really Be Worried?. [online] HuffPost UK. Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/summer-learning-loss-uk-education_uk_578f65dbe4b011978b13296f [Accessed 2 May 2018].
National Literacy Trust. (2016). We call for new focus on writing for enjoyment as research shows sharp drop in children writing outside school | National Literacy Trust. [online] Available at: https://literacytrust.org.uk/news/we-call-new-focus-writing-enjoyment-research-shows-sharp-drop-children-writing-outside-school/ [Accessed 3 May 2018].
Richardson, H. (2013). Summer of tutors ‘awaits many pupils’. [online] BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23465178 [Accessed 3 May 2018].