Struggling with homeschooling? Some advice from parents

At Parentapps, our development team is always looking for ways to improve our app offering for schools. We launched our Homework Hub a few months ago, as a result of increased demand from our current school customers. We had planned for the Hub to go live in September to kick off the new term, but re-prioritising its development and pushing it live within lockdown has proved invaluable to many schools, parents and students.

There’s no doubt it’s a challenging situation. And although many of us can spend more time with our children and relax working hours, we still hold teachers in high appreciation for the work they continue to do and how fast they’ve had to adapt to digital resources.

Most schools are adhering to a rota of skeleton staff as they stay open to cater to children of key workers. Even when teachers aren’t on the school premises, they are still working hard from their homes. They’re always figuring out new ways to help parents educate their children – whether it’s offering advice and much-needed support to individual parents or sharing new and exciting resources to keep the children entertained.

We’ve spoken with a few parents homeschooling their children and juggling work. We talk about the highs and lows and any advice they have for parents in a similar situation.

Live chat functionality

Don’t worry; parents can’t always message you asking for a live chat response! You have control over when you’re online and able to answer live chat requests. Alternatively, if you’re offline, they can opt to send you an email instead.

Live chat is a feature that has kept communication between parents and teachers reactive and connected through this period of uncertainty. Teachers can talk with parents in a forum setting or individually, allowing your school to keep every parent informed, offering help when required.

When homeschooling was sprung on parents nationwide and panic crept in. What should my child be learning? Am I teaching them the right thing? The Homework Hub enables you to take control as a school and reassure stressed parents. Our platform also gives teachers peace of mind that their children can have some form of consistency throughout the next few months.

Upload and download homework tasks with ease

The Homework Hub helps bridge the learning gap between school learning and homeschooling that so many of us have witnessed since mid-March. You can continue setting homework tasks for your students – you can set the tasks by grouping them by subject or by the days of the week.

The system is straightforward and easily accessible to parents. Parents click on the day or the subject and download the homework as a document. Uploading the homework is just as easy, parents can select the subject or the date and the year group and upload. 

If they struggle with any tasks, you can support them quickly through the live chat feature.

The Homework Hub is easily integrated

The platform can be integrated into your school website or act as a standalone page. Setup is simple, and our support team is here to guide you through every step of the Hub. We want to ensure you feel comfortable navigating the platform and fully-understand and utilise each of the features included!

How much is the Homework Hub?

The Hub costs just £99 a year – with a one-off setup charge of £299.