Mum ‘refuses’ to homeschool her daughter, 5, because she ‘is not a teacher’

A mum says she is refusing to homeschool her daughter because she's not a teacher with parents saying they don't have the time either.

The 34-year-old from Hull says the decision to close the schools is "absolutely ridiculous" and she will not be completing any of the work set for her five-year-old.

Posting on Facebook, the mum, who did not wish to be named, said she "is not a teacher" and it should be up to parents to decide if their children go to school, or not.

"This decision to close schools once again is absolutely ridiculous," she told HullLive.

"The choice of children going to school should be up to the parent.

"Kids need an education, they need to interact with their own peer groups for their own mental wellbeing, for their social and emotional development.

"Closing schools is not the right thing. I've never once thought my child was at risk at school.

"The teachers took all the correct precautions, to ensure their safety and the children's.

"I'm not a teacher. I won't be doing any homeschooling.

"I am a mum and home is where play and fun thing happen. Not about to change this for anyone."

Parents said they didn't have the time to get ready to home-school their children again on HullLive's Facebook page.

Another mum said: "No and this time around I don’t intend on pushing work on my youngest.

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"If he wants to do some work sent by the school, that’s great, if he doesn’t, fine, I will not be making it a daily battle.

"I'm his mum, I am not his teacher. I am not qualified to teach him nor do I want to put pressure on him when these children have already been through enough."

One dad said: "Nope, I have four kids, and both myself and my wife are working from home.

"We don't have six laptops/PC's to ensure everyone is online at the same time."

It comes as the Department for Education tells schools to set between three and five hours of work for pupils per day.

Unlike in the first lockdown, homeschooling in lockdown 3 must be a "direct replacement" for the learning which would have taken place had schools not been forced to close.

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