Online research into 1,000 British parents of children aged between six and 11 years old has shown 79 per cent admitted that trying to help their children with maths homework led to conflict and argument. A third of the parents avoided helping their children with the subject while 41 per cent were unable to provide the correct answer to a question that a 10-year-old might be expected to solve in a national test.
The survey, commissioned by publishers Random House Group, showed more than half of parents were unable to explain the terms The Grid Method and Number Bonds, modern mathematical techniques featured in primary schools. The findings were released to coincide with the publication tomorrow of Maths for Mums and Dads, a book explaining modern mathematics teaching to parents.
"Co-author Rob Eastaway said: ''Our book is designed to take the pain out of maths homework, by explaining the techniques children are now taught at school and by giving parents an insight into why children make mistakes. ''We want to inject more enjoyment into maths at home, so that parents no longer dread hearing the phrase 'can I have some help with my maths homework?'.''