Katharine Birbalsingh says parents ALWAYS need to teach kids at home

Now ‘Tiger headpiles the pressure on parents: Social mobility tsar Katharine Birbalsingh who said teachers aren’t to be trusted with children’s education says ALL mums and dads should teach at home even if the school is ‘perfect

  • Headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh is known for her tough stance on discipline
  • Said parents shouldn’t assume their children are being taught well in UK schools
  • Explained today parents need to ‘shift their mindsetto always teach their kids
  • Said ‘main concernis parents who ‘don’t know what their child is accessing
  • Headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh says parents should always be teaching their kids at home, despite having the ‘perfecteductionbut warned many have no idea what their kids are learning at school.

    Ms Birbalsingh, 49, chairwoman of the Government’s Social Mobility Commission and successful headteacher of an inner 伦敦 secondary school, ruffled feathers last week after telling parents not to trust teachers to properly educate their kids.

    The headteacher, who founded the notoriously strict Michaela Community School in Wembley, 北伦敦, told her 推特 followers that because of the pandemic there ‘has never been a better time to teach your children at home’.

    出现在 独立电视‘s This Morning today following an online backlash, she explained that parents need to ‘shift their mindsetto always try and teach their kids more at homeeven if they have the ‘perfect’ 教育.

    However Ms Birbalsingh said her ‘main concernis parents who ‘don’t really know what their child is accessing’ 在学校, and that parents should never assume a school is doing enough for their child.

    Headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh said on ITV this morning parents should always be teaching their kids at home, despite having the 'perfect' eduction - but warned many have no idea what their kids are learning at school

    Headmistress Katharine Birbalsingh said on ITV this morning parents should always be teaching their kids at home, despite having the ‘perfecteductionbut warned many have no idea what their kids are learning at school

    Ms Birbalsingh, 49, is chairwoman of the Government's Social Mobility Commission and successful headteacher of an inner London secondary school

    Ms Birbalsingh, 49, is chairwoman of the Government’s Social Mobility Commission and successful headteacher of an inner London secondary school

    ‘My main concern is simply that sometimes parents tick the box and thinkI’ve sent my child off to schooland they don’t really know what their child is accessing’, 她说.

    ‘Sometimes the child will access some really excellent teaching, other times the teacher may be absent or tired. 的 [冠状病毒病] situation at the momentit might be a deputy head in a gym with 120 学生们, and proper teaching isn’t taking place.

    ‘Even if everything were perfect, parents need to realise going to museums, reading with your child, counting the peas on the plate, asking about testssometimes parents don’t feel very confident in doing that, but I’m telling you, you can learn stuff with your child. Have them teach you.

    ‘Make the conversation about learning, that’s so important because children want to copy their parents, they want to get their respect. If they see you on your phone all the time, they will go on their phone.

    She ruffled feathers last week after her telling her Twitter followers that because of the pandemic there 'has never been a better time to teach your children at home'

    She ruffled feathers last week after her telling her Twitter followers that because of the pandemic there ‘has never been a better time to teach your children at home

    她补充说: ‘It’s about always having that hat on ofI’m developing my child and helping to support my child with their learning”.

    When asked whether parents of students at her own school could assume they were being taught well, she replied by insisting she hopes no parent will blindly assume their children’s education is of a high quality.

    ‘I want parents to always assume you have to do lots at home, 她说. ‘If everything is going really well, then brilliantyou’re lucky. When I say you’re lucky, I don’t mean it’s exceptional, I mean you’re getting a free, great education.

    ‘But the fact is teachers aren’t in sometimes, they’re tired, there is a whole variety of things teachers are training, there are teachers who are brand new, it takes years to become an excellent teacher.

    Ms Birbalsingh said she doesn’t want to ‘guiltany parents who do rely solely on the education system because they may be raising a child alone or work multiple jobs to pay the bills.

    The headteacher founded the notoriously strict Michaela Community School in Wembley, north London and appeared on ITV to defend her comments after an online backlash

    The headteacher founded the notoriously strict Michaela Community School in Wembley, north London and appeared on ITV to defend her comments after an online backlash

    Appearing on ITV's This Morning today following an online backlash, she explained that parents need to 'shift their mindset' to always try and teach their kids more at home - even if they have the 'perfect' education

    Appearing on ITV’s This Morning today following an online backlash, she explained that parents need to ‘shift their mindsetto always try and teach their kids more at homeeven if they have the ‘perfect’ 教育

    She explained she wants parents to embrace education as a way of bonding with their children, including teaching things they enjoy like cooking or football rather than literacy and maths.

    ‘It’s not about guilt’, 她说. ‘It’s about addressing the idea of fun versus education, education is fun. If you use that as a time for bonding then you can get to know each other, learn stuff together.

    ‘You sit down and watch television and talk abut the characters and how they’re developing, talking about the endingthat is learning.

    ‘If you’re a great cook, you teach them how to cook, if you’re great at football, teach them football. There is a sense of you trying imparting knowledge all the time

    她补充说: ‘It doesn’t take more time its a shift in mindset, instead of thinking that’s all for school.