Covid home-schooling: Parents’ ‘nightmare’ juggling work and teaching

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image copyrightClare Ferguson-Walkerimage captionClare Ferguson-Walker says she has struggled with home-schooling her two children

As kitchen tables are turned back into classrooms across Wales, parents admit they are struggling with the return to home-schooling.

For Clare Ferguson-Walker from Tavernspite, Pembrokeshire, the experience has been a "nightmare".

She said trying to educate her two children alongside work has resulted in her relying on universal credit.

Getting to grips with home-schooling in the first lockdown was "a shock to the system".

"My heart goes out to teachers, I can't imagine what it was like for them putting together all these packages," she said.

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"My son is 12 and loves gaming so he's quite tech-savvy. When I have managed to pin him down he's been 'go away, dinosaur mother, I know how to do it!'

"I'm not au fait with these subjects I haven't done for years. It's different to how I learned at school."

As a single parent, Clare said she had found it difficult to juggle home-schooling with her work.

"At first, in the summer, we were doing Joe Wicks exercises every day then some work. Then it fell into chaos. I tried really hard at the beginning to be organised.

"I'm an artist and sculptor – that work ended and my income has dried up so I'm on universal credit.

"It's incredibly tough financially. Life has revolved around looking after the kids," she said.

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