from the moment we set our eyes on the world to the moment we leave and go back home.
The ‘bit in-between’ is a wonderous journey full of life lessons, unique to each individual.
The education/experiences we receive during childhood, I feel, has a huge impact on how we perceive the world and our decisions we make during our journey.
With this in mind, we took our then 10 year old daughter out of school (March 2016) and give her the education she needed at home to enable her to grow up to be a confident, well-balanced, independent, person ready to blossom into adulthood. We will also be educating our youngest when the time comes.
It is entirely YOUR choice…
(unfortunately, depending on where you live in the world) on how and where your child receives their education. There are options available such as – home education, government run schools, private schools, private tutors or a combination of these, depending on your situation.
There are a lot of resources out there to help you explore your options; on the internet, books/libraries, support groups, local authorities etc. You will be surprised at just how many people are educating their children ‘otherwise’.
As parents/guardians we know what is best for our children.
Here are a few things I feel I need to clarify…
- you don’t need to follow the national curriculum if you educate otherwise, but there are resources available to help you if you want to.
- there are no set rules; amount of time spent each day, lesson plans etc.
- you don’t have to take a ‘teacher’ role, just learn what and when your child wants to in a style that is best for you and your family.
- your child doesn’t have to do any exams – for example GCSE’s etc. but will probably have to pay for them if they want to.
- some colleges and universities do welcome home educated children if that is what your child wishes to do. I suggest getting in touch with them directly and asking them want they require from you and your child.
In general relax, take your time. The way your child learns may differ as they grow older, just go with the flow and enjoy the journey!
The law in England is…
Section 7 of the education act 1996 states that
“The parent of every child of compulsory school age shall cause him to receive efficient full time education suitable –
(1) to his age, ability and aptitude
(2) to any special educational needs he may have
either by regular attendance at school or otherwise”
please check the law where you live so you know where you stand.
If your child has already been registered into the system you will need to DE-Register them. Click Here for help & advice on this
*Click Here* to see an interactive map showing the ratio of children between 5-16 years old in England which are home educated.
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