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Millions of British parents dread the moment their child brings home Maths homework

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Just one in four can confidently answer questions about algebra, while equations leave 35 percent completely stumped.

Even basic times tables leave 14 percent scratching their heads.

It also emerged the average parent spends an average of 37 minutes a week helping their child with their homework, with maths and English being the subjects they spend most time helping their child to complete.

But while parents are most anxious about maths, the research also found they feel apprehensive about science, languages and English.

Martin Hassler Hallstedt, founder of the “Count on me!” maths app, which helps children improve their skills through game play and adventure, said: “Maths is an essential subject, and as important to life and career opportunities as reading.

“Still, reading to a child seems more natural than doing maths for many parents – but it doesn’t have to be like this.

“Regular exposure to maths is key to overcoming the anxiety some parents and children have.

“If possible, associate maths with richer content than just numbers, so your child can see and experience the meaning of maths – such as shopping, budgeting, planning a trip, or even following a recipe.

“We have found children are able to engage fully in anxiety-free maths for 15 minutes a day – short bursts of exposure with minimal screen time.

“This encourages a happier state of wellbeing and is a more sustainable way of learning, that results in long-term knowledge retention. With practice, anyone can be a maths person.”

The study, carried out via OnePoll on behalf of Akribian – creators of the new app – also found four in five parents think it’s equally important to make sure their kids are good at both reading and maths.

Just over a third (34 percent) of parents said their English literacy skills at school were excellent – but out of all the subjects, 42 percent find maths the most difficult.

And 68 percent of parents are worried helping their child with their homework might leave them more confused.

In fact, half of parents (50 percent) admitted to having “maths anxiety” – a worry about performing mathematical functions – with 40 percent feeling the same about reading.

And of those with maths anxiety, 83 percent are concerned their own worries surrounding maths may affect their child’s attitude to the subject.

Dr Laura Outhwaite, from University College London, said: “There are many challenges for successfully supporting children’s mathematical learning and development, and parent’s anxieties around their own maths abilities is one of them.

“This may lead to parents feeling worried or nervous when helping children with their homework.

“Research shows this can hinder children’s progress in maths and may make them feel anxious about maths too.

“There are ways we can help parents feel more confident though, and technology can play an important role.

“For example, educational maths apps can provide parents with bitesize understandings of their child’s maths development, as well as facilitating maths talk and play in everyday experiences.”

It also emerged that over half of parents (52 percent) believe children are expected to learn too much these days.

And 23 minutes was considered the average length of time for kids to do their homework before they lose interest.

Maths, English and history were among the subjects in which children show a particularly low attention span.

The study also found 61 percent of parents rely on the internet to search the answers when helping their child with their homework.

Count on Me! helps children aged 6-9 years with early maths concepts, such as pattern recognition, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and equalities.

THE SUBJECTS MOST LIKELY TO MAKE PARENTS FEEL ANXIOUS:

  1. Maths
  2. Science
  3. Languages
  4. English
  5. History
  6. Music
  7. Geography
  8. Art
  9. RE 
  10. Drama



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