Scots parents say homeschooling haas made them feel more intelligent, according to new research.
Millions of parents across the land became substitute teachers during the lockdowns and a new survey says they have come away from the experience feeling smarter.
According to the research 71% of Scottish parents feel more intelligent now than a year ago.
Ahead of the academic year ending, a survey of 1,020 UK parents, from One4all Gift Cards, has revealed a positive outcome from an otherwise difficult past 12 months for many parents juggling work, home life and home schooling.
The survey further revealed that 43% feel better equipped now to help their child with their schoolwork as they have a greater understanding of it, while nearly 1 in 4 (22%) have been educated on subjects that they had long forgotten about.
Nearly 1 in 3 (28%) have learned something new this last academic year and as parents patience skills have been put to the test, 24% feel they have become a better parent due to home schooling their child.
In addition, the research revealed that parents in Scotland have reignited their interest in school, as 26% say they have been reminded of hobbies and subjects they used to enjoy.
Nearly 1 in 5 (18%) parents have even invested time, money and materials to take up the hobbies and subjects they used to enjoy at school as a result of home schooling.
Cooking (31%) topped the poll as the most popular childhood hobby Scottish parents have invested time in again as a result of home schooling, with reading (28%), music (22%), art (19%) and sports (18%) completing the top five.
Performing arts (4%), creative writing (4%) and design (7%) are the subjects which parents were happy to leave in the past and appeared bottom of the list.
Aoife Davey, Senior Marketing Director at One4all Gift Cards, comments on the findings: “The past year has been very difficult for many parents. They’ve taken on the role of both parent and teacher and, in many cases have been juggling this alongside a full-time job.
“Although on a positive note, it’s wonderful to see so many parents are feeling more confident guiding their children educationally while also reigniting their own passion for education and learning new things as a result of home-schooling.”