Home Education

An Open Letter To Theresa May: Please Put Our Children's Mental Health On Your Agenda

Reneé Davis | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Reneé Davis

Dear Prime Minister, I'm writing to you today as it's children's mental health week, and feels like an appropriate time to do so.

Inclusion And Kindness - My Response To The Home Education Media Storm

Prudence Clarke | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Parents
Prudence Clarke

There isn't one family who educates like any other because each child is unique and each education is tailored to that child. Once one of us stands up and shouts 'that's not true home education' the next question is ' well, what is better?' Is it yours, is it mine, is it Mr Nobody down the road?

Creativity Is The Difference Between Surviving And Thriving

Makeba Garraway | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Parents
Makeba Garraway

I'm frustrated and saddened by the number of adults who have described themselves to me as "not creative", when I know as children they would have said the exact opposite. What is happening in our schools and society to subdue that inner creative spark and educate our children out of creativity?

The Grassroots Movement Revolutionising Education

Sophie Christophy | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK
Sophie Christophy

By stepping through the doorway of home education to new connections and communities both virtual and in real life, we find a grassroots movement that will lead the way to revolutionising education as we know it. And believe me, it's already happening.

We're Going Car-Free, And It's Gonna Be OK

Makeba Garraway | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents
Makeba Garraway

To her credit, the lady did call me back the next day to check the children and I were ok, and to apologise for shouting at me in front of them. But in my mind this incident and the flat tyre the week before were both signs that we had made the right decision a few days earlier to sell our car and become more acquainted with public transport.

Homeschooling: Everything You Need To Know About Teaching Your Children

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Parents

“Education is a fundamental right for every child and we recognise that parents have the right to choose to educate their child at home rather than ...

Home and (Sometimes School) are Where the Heart and Head Are

Nigel Rayment | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Nigel Rayment

The headline in the TES read, "Wilshaw calls for more mavericks to shake up an 'ordinary education system'" (26 May 2016). Well it's a shame the outgo...

Nadia Sawalha: 'My Daughters Have Been Out Of School For A Year'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Parents

Nadia Sawalha has opened up about homeschooling her daughters, calling it the "best thing" she's ever done. The Loose Women presenter, who revealed...

Not Starting School: Our Decision to Home Educate

Antonina Mamzenko | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Parents
Antonina Mamzenko

When we first made a decision to home educate, only a handful of our friends were supportive. For the most part, we were met with either mild bafflement at us suddenly turning hippie-like, or rather rude comments labelling us irresponsible parents who will surely ruin our child's future, because school is the best thing ever since sliced bread, and isn't school compulsory anyway?

'School Is a Building, Education Is Wherever I Am'

Holly Seddon | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Holly Seddon

When I was younger, people who were home educated - not that I knew any - were in the same bucket as those odd balls without a telly. Of course now my family barely watches any broadcast TV and we're far from alone. Similarly, I'm fully converted to the concept that home education is not the preserve of weirdos and the extremely religious.

Homeschooling - Another Name for Helicopter Parenting?

Saadia R. Chevel | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Saadia R. Chevel

School education is regimented by time constraints, issues of discipline and authority. Whereas, home education is tailored to the needs of the individual child. On the flip side of homeschooling, children's curriculum can be bound by their parent's own knowledge and life experience... The consequence of this may be limited access to work and life opportunities.

Home-Education is About Learning, Not Schooling

Zion Lights | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Zion Lights

A common misconception about home-schooling is that it is anti-education, or against the education establishment. The distinction that is missing here is that the autonomous learning movement is entirely pro-learning, but anti-formal education, which is, by its very nature, draconic and cannot suit every child's needs.

Seven Lessons I Teach

Nikki Harper | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Harper

Twenty one years ago, on being named New York State Teacher of the Year 1991, John Taylor Gatto made a famous and powerful speech denouncing the American school system and questioning its hidden curriculum, designed to produce generation after generation of helpless, powerless people.

Ultra Vires Home Education Monitoring: Badman By the Back Door?

Nikki Harper | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Harper

I object to my family facing discrimination and bias. I object to my child's privacy being invaded on a regular basis for no good reason. I object that unnecessary demands on my family take away resources from children who do need help. I object to being branded a criminal. Wouldn't you?