Children who spend more time in their parents’ home are less likely to go to school at home, according to research.
Key points:Children who spend less time in the home are more likely to be in school at schoolA report found the average number of hours children spent in the house was higher in disadvantaged areas than other regionsA lack of access to books and toys in school led to lower academic achievementA key factor in the childrens school attendance was not available at homeBut in disadvantaged regions, children who spent less time on their own in their own home were more likely than those who spent more time at home to attend school, according a report.
The Australian Institute of Child Health and Development (AICHD) said there were three main reasons children did not go to class in their home, and the first was a lack of books and books were not accessible at home.
“It’s not that they don’t have the right books or that they have books that are too hard to read, they just don’t use them,” study author Professor Peter Stearns said.
“They use the internet for reading and for playing games.”
There’s a lot of things kids can do on their mobile phones and there’s a very low rate of use of digital devices in the family.
“Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 children from all regions of Australia, and found the majority of them did not use any books in their homes.”
If you don’t spend enough time with your family and you don´t have a lot in the way of books in your home, that’s when kids tend to be more likely not to go in school,” Professor Stears said.
He said research suggested that access to children’s literature and a safe environment was the best way to teach them about reading.”
A lot of young people don’t really have the confidence in reading that they would have if they had access to the right materials and they wouldn’t have to rely on teachers or teachers having the right tools to do it for them,” he said.
Professor Stearss said a lack in access to digital devices was the biggest challenge for children, particularly with mobile technology becoming more widespread.”
With the technology being more ubiquitous and more accessible to kids and teenagers, they tend to have more access to it and they tend not to have that time that they’d need to be reading,” he added.
The research also found that children with disabilities were more often at risk of not attending school.
The report found one in three children in disadvantaged schools were at risk for not attending primary school, compared to one in five in the most advantaged schools.
The researchers said there was also a high proportion of children in poorer areas with limited access to physical and mental health services.”
I think that’s very important when we’re talking about a lot more people who are disadvantaged in terms of their access to schools, their ability to access health services and their access in terms, to go and get their GCSEs or their A-level results, or even just to go for the school holidays,” Professor James Pemberton said.
The survey also found there was a higher rate of students with special needs being excluded from schools.”
In schools, particularly primary schools, there are a lot fewer opportunities for people with special education needs, particularly in areas where there are no facilities for them to be able to access that,” Professor Pembert said.