Nearly a quarter of teachers faced increased parental criticism when teaching remotely  

Connor IbbetsonData Journalist
April 26, 2021, 9:43 AM UTC

Primary teachers were twice as likely to receive criticism from parents as those teaching at secondary level during the pandemic

While teachers were split about whether or not it was safe for children to return to in-person lessons, there will be some educators glad to be rid of remote teaching.

YouGov polling of 903 teachers who taught students remotely during the height of pandemic restrictions reveals that nearly one in four (24%) were subject to additional criticism of their teaching from parents. Another 19% received a similar amount of criticism as they did before the pandemic, while 10% of teachers say criticism from parents fell.

A fortunate four in ten teachers (42%) say they never received criticism of their teaching, neither before nor after moving to online teaching during the pandemic.

Some three in ten primary teachers say they were subject to more nit-picking from parents during the pandemic – including 10% receiving critical feedback “much more often”. A further 19% also received criticism, but at the same level as before remote teaching began.

In comparison, only 17% of their peers teaching at secondary school level faced increased criticism for their online lessons. The difference between these school types comes mostly from secondary teachers being free from critical parents both before and during the pandemic (50%) compared to only 34% of teachers who say they never receive criticism.

A previous YouGov survey revealed that a third of home-schooling parents were not happy with the quality of teaching they were providing themselves. 

This data previously appeared in the i, here

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