The Telegraph is reporting that a new survey has revealed that three out of four mums and dads believe their child’s academic abilities decline during the six week summer break.
Overall 74.8 percent of parents agree their child’s learning slips throughout the holiday, with over half believing it should be made shorter for consistency in their child’s academic ability throughout the year.
Curriculum Manager at Explore Learning, Charlotte Gater, said: “The summer is a time for fun and relaxation but this research has shown that many children’s academic abilities drop over the break, therefore undermining all the hard work they, and their teachers, have done over the year,” before adding that: “Learning can be done in a fun, effective way – through games, technology, extra tuition and interaction with their friends and the outside world – which all combine to keep their educational engagement ticking along over the break.”
Over half of parents questioned said their child spends time reading, with more than 1 in 5 pupils writing stories.
Some of the parents, 50.7 percent, say their child plays sports while a further 57.9 percent say their child rides a bike.
Early morning starts cause the most problems, as around half of parents agree their child dreads going back into the classroom with 56.3 percent saying their child struggles with getting into the school routine.
Are lengthy summer holidays a childhood rite of passage, or a needless luxury destined for the dustbin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter? ~ Nellie