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.
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.“
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.”
“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.”
Rosetta Stone is a great resource for adults and children alike. Thousands of families benefitted from our freeforkids offer during the lockdown. Many have gone on to make Rosetta Stone part of their daily routines. Now with 24 languages available in one account, it’s a flexible resource that can be used to explore different languages and cultures, as and when the need arises. Get it today and choose from Chinese, Arabic and many more world languages…..
It’s not just your stereotypical European languages. The 24 languages cover a significant portion of the globe.
Some more key stats from the Rosetta Stone summer survey of children and parents:
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
Language learner, teacher and contributing author to the Rosetta Stone magazine
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