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BBC Radio 5 Live Revision Period Research

Survey of British parents on behalf of BBC Radio 5Live on their children’s exam revision.

  • Half of British parents with children aged 11-18 (50%) say they find it difficult to help their child/children with their revision because they don’t always understand the subjects they study.
  • Half of British parents (52%) say they would like more help and advice on how best to support their children through their revision. The proportion of parents with children aged 11-15 who agree with this is greater than those with children aged 16-18 (56% v 46%).
  • The majority of parents (69%) agree that their child prefers to be left alone when they are revising for their exams, a proportion which increases among parents of children aged 16-18 (76% as opposed to 66% of those with children aged 11-15).
  • A quarter of parents say that their mental health is affected by their children’s revision period. Similar proportions report that they lose sleep worrying about their child’s revision, tests and exams (25% and 24% respectively).
  • Across all statements tested, women with children are more likely to agree than men with children. For example, three in five (58%) women agree that they find it difficult to help their children, whereas two in five men (40%) say the same.
  • Seven in ten (70%) British parents do not agree that they feel they are having a negative impact on their children’s exam performance by putting too much pressure on them.

Date Published: 07/03/2017

Categories: Education | GB | Public and communities | Social

Client: BBC Radio 5 Live


ComRes interviewed 830 GB adults with children aged 11-18 online between 22nd February and 2nd March 2017. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults by age, gender, region and social grade.

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