Educating Yorkshire’s Matthew Burton on staying ‘educationally active’ with language learning

Life Long Language Learning


Matthew Burton, star of Educating Yorkshire and headteacher at Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, reassures worried parents, following a recent survey by Rosetta Stone.

Appearing on Sky News he responded to 41% of parents who are worried about their children being left behind, saying that “the pause button has been pressed this year for everyone”  and reassuring that “there’s no need to panic about falling behind”

Education isn’t just between 8:30 and 2:45 it’s all day, every day, and these 6 weeks are important as well.

Keeping educationally active

With 64% of parents worried about how to entertain their children during the summer holidays, it’s no wonder that nearly half of them have decided to continue some homeschooling during this period. Mr Burton pointed out that education is an ongoing process that shouldn’t begin and end with the school day or even with school itself. Learning is a life-long process and one of the most rewarding habits we can imbed into our routines. Matthew said:

Keeping educationally active is really important, and a great way to do this is by starting to pick up a new language. This can help keep children engaged, and develop their independence and resilience. These are hugely important life skills that can last forever.

Language is children’s number 1 choice when it comes to educational games

Learning phrases in a foreign language was the most popular learning activity amongst the children, with 27% of them choosing this activity out of a range of options. Matthew believes languages teach us a lot of useful skills:

“For me, the grammar aspect of learning a language was fundamental for my English development as well. It’s not just about the new words and phrases of a different language. A lot of the mechanics of listening and speaking, and having dialogues and conversations are rooted in learning a new language.”

Homeschooling with Rosetta Stone

“Myself and my daughter who is 6, have been working with the Rosetta Stone app. Just doing 15 or 20 minutes a day, slotting it into our day whenever we can. Little and often.”

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The Rosetta Stone Survey of how Parents and Children are spending the summer holidays

Some more key stats from the Rosetta Stone summer survey of children and parents:

  • 64% of parents are worried about how to fill their children’s time over the summer break
  • 44% of parents plan to continue homeschooling their children over the summer holidays
  • 41% of parents are worried about their children falling behind when school starts again in September.
  • 31% of parents admit they have struggled to find creative ways to help keep up their children’s education and development during school holidays
  • Language is children’s number one choice when it comes to themes of educational games, with 27% saying they’d rather learn phrases in a new language than scientific facts
  • 60% of 11 to 16-year-olds say their favourite aspect of learning a language is that they will get to use it in the future, while 55% say that they’d like to learn a language for fun.

The research for Rosetta Stone was carried out online by Opinion Matters throughout 05.08.2020 – 11.08.2020 across 2,000 respondents. 1000 parents of 11-16 year olds and 1000 children aged 11-16. All research conducted adheres to the MRS Codes of Conduct (2010) in the UK and ICC/ESOMAR World Research Guidelines. Opinion Matters is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office and is fully compliant with the Data Protection Act (1998).

All quotes from Matthew Burton

About the Author Simon Goodall

Language learner, teacher and contributing author to the Rosetta Stone magazine

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