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Off rolling – a worrying practice

Home education has been in the news again. Unfortunately this only seems to happen when there are sensationalist and negative headlines to go with it. Unfortunate because home educating is a successful approach that thousands of families choose for their children and it’s unhelpful to see inaccurate and biased reporting. Such was the case recently […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

Learning outside traditional schools

Opportunities for learning outside of the traditional classroom are increasing and giving rise to various alternative approaches to education. For a start, home education (read more here) continues to grow in popularity and numbers expand daily. But for families who prefer to use a school there are other alternatives to the traditional schools we’re most familiar […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Home Education – a workable alternative to school

The Autumn term is commonly a time when parents think about home education, or home schooling as it’s also known, especially if the children don’t settle back into school easily. With the growth of social media and educational technology it’s become far easier to find both resources and community to support that choice which can […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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The number of families home educating is still rising

There has been a steady increase in the numbers of families in the UK who home school according to a report by the BBC recently. Home schooling, or home educating as it’s also known, has risen by forty percent over the last three years. Parents cite a number of reasons why they choose to home […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Some children need different settings to succeed in

It can be very hard for some youngsters to settle into the hubbub of a school. And to stand it long term. For some, the stressful climate, noise, constant interaction and sensory bombardment is not the best place for them to learn and achieve. This is especially true of young people on the autistic spectrum […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

The transition from schooling to home educating

Previous articles have talked about children moving between schools, or onto Uni and ways to make it a little easier. This article looks at the change from school to home education. It is often a little way into the new school year that parents suddenly realise that school is not working for their child and […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Home education – an alternative to school

Instant access to information and support via the web has meant that increasing numbers of parents now choose to home educate rather than send their children to school. Not only does the internet provide information about subject matter, curriculum content, and access to tutors and course resources, it has also meant that families can connect […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Challenging conventional approaches to learning to read

Many parents worry about their child learning to read. And mostly think that a schematic and systemised approach to teaching children to read is vital to their reading success. But a new study is suggesting that this is not always the case. What’s interesting about this research is that it examines the way children come […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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The educational benefits of holidays

As the holiday season approaches some parents begin to worry that time away from more formal educational practice, especially in the classroom, will curtail their child’s academic progress for the duration. However, it’s becoming apparent that the opposite could be true and that a wide range of other activities in children’s daily lives promote intellectual […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Starting home education with teenagers; 8 tips to make the transition easier

There has been a sharp rise recently in the numbers of parents withdrawing their children from school to home educate. Whereas many start their home schooling journey when their children are very young, it is now the case that some are coming to it later, when their youngsters have already become teenagers. This presents slightly […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

How can non-teachers ‘teach’ their children at home?

There has been a sharp rise in the number of home educating families recently, as much as sixty five percent in the last six years. The recent debate over the SATs testing and its detrimental effect on children and their learning has prompted a further increase; the resulting media coverage raised awareness and prompted more […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Help your kids understand what education is and you help their motivation

It’s occasionally hard to motivate children to work conscientiously at their studies, motivation being a topic I talked about in a previous article. It’s also a subject that’s often raised in relation to home educating. Home educating, instead of choosing school, usually stimulates plenty of discussion about education within a family. If the children are involved […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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An alternative to over-subscribed schools

It’s a difficult and anxious time of year for parents wanting to secure school places for their children. One report says that the selection process has become increasingly complex as places in popular areas are over-subscribed. Another article suggests that because of this, children from poorer areas can often be the ones who miss out […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

How one family used both school and home education for their children’s learning

It’s always interesting to hear how parents take very different approaches to their children’s education and learning, especially when both school and home education occur within the same family. I spoke to one parent recently who told me how this worked for them. This is what she told me: “My children are all very different […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Can I start home educating at Easter?

This question came up on a Forum recently and parents, who’ve made the decision to home educate, often ask if there are time restrictions on de-registering their children from school to start home learning. And whether it’s best to do so at the end of school terms and years, or if this matters. With regard […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Interest-led learning and how it works

Many home educating families use the children’s own interests around which to build their education. If you’re used to the prescriptive curricula approach to education familiar in schools it can be quite hard to see how this could be successful. However, as home educated young people who have learnt in this way begin to graduate […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Working as a private teacher is an extremely rewarding pursuit with many benefits.

The importance of early language development and 10 tips to encourage it

There can be a general feeling among parents and some secondary teachers that it is the later years in education that really matter. After all, that’s when the important exams are looming and from early in their secondary school lives, all education is very much focussed on that outcome. People can see nursery and primary […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Don’t base your view of Home Schooling on what you read in the news!

There has been a surge in interest in home education recently and increase in the number of families turning to this option in place of school. So there have been varying reports in the media. Unfortunately, media coverage of home education can be misleading. This is because it is usually based around misinformed dramatics, the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

How do home schooling parents manage time for themselves?

We all need personal and private time and space. Even from our most cherished loved ones and this includes the children. How this is achieved as a home schooler is an issue often discussed. There are some devoted parents who never feel the need time for away from their children. However, time apart is generally […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Explaining some of the terms used in Home Schooling

The increased interest in home education and the variety of approaches parents take to it has generated a growth in terminology which can sometimes seem confusing to those researching the subject. This is just to explain a few of the most used terms: Home Education and Home Schooling are basically the same thing although some […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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How valuable are workbooks for home education? 7 ideas for their use

Looking at the array of academic workbooks in any major bookshop you’d wonder if you’d need anything else to educate a child! They pretty much cover every subject and every level. And with their bright colours and attractive illustrations and cartoons they can be very appealing to children. They are primarily aimed at parents who […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Sugar tax or education – what will help our kids learn about sugar?

You would think that understanding our bodies, their parts, their organs and functions is surely an important part of any education. Equally important is the understanding of what makes those bodies function well, the lifestyle and nutritional habits which support them. However these are never top curriculum priorities. Many families who educate out of school […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Are home schoolers fined for the holidays and should any parent be?

The idea of being fined for giving your children a valuable educational experience seems totally bizarre to many home schooling families. But it depends on how you view the experience, of course. The experience I’m talking about here is taking the children on holiday or travelling with them. Most home schooling families see this as […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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What constitutes a balanced education? Home schoolers may be changing our view

Some people have suggested that home educating is a rather extreme step for parents to take towards educating their child. However, that may be because we’ve accepted the school way of educating as the normal point of reference. Once we really examine it, it may change our point of view. I was drawn to raise […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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How do home schooled children learn?

When most of us think about learning we think about the approach we’re most familiar with; a formal school approach with children at desks, in a classroom, receiving lessons from a teacher, studying or doing research through the printed word either online or in books, practising academic exercises that are continually measured, tested at certain […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Home Schooling Groups – a valuable resource

I’ve been visiting some groups of home educating parents recently whilst promoting my new book and it’s been enlightening to see how diverse they are and what a valuable resource they offer to home schoolers. Some offer a structured learning activity for the children, whilst others offer a more social occasion with activities for the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Home educators and the Local Authority

It is the legal right of all parents to choose not to send their children to school and to home educate instead. But how this is interpreted sometimes affects the relationships between home schooling families and their Local Authority. The law states that a child should receive an efficient full-time education suitable to age, ability, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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I’m worried Home Educating will make the children too ‘different’

Although this is rarely voiced, I think it is a concern that many parents have when considering the choice to home educate. It’s often perpetuated through the sharing of myths by those who are ignorant of home schooling, and perhaps even rather afraid of it. The mainstream choice of schooling works really well for most […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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6 Tips for making the leap to home schooling

‘I’d like to home school, but don’t know how to start?’ This is sometimes what I hear from parents who sense that home educating could really work for them but feel too daunted to make that final commitment. Below are some tips that may help overcome that: Making the decision The decision is often the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Ten benefits of home schooling

The start of the new school year is often the time parents reconsider home education. But what are the benefits of this alternative to schooling? Here are the main ones: Being able to meet your child’s particular needs, rather than having to work to the needs of thirty others. You can use approaches which best […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Tips for supporting your child’s learning at home

Everyone talks about the child’s needs – particularly politicians who want to make themselves popular! We assume that schools fulfil those needs in ways that will help young people learn best. But there are obstacles; teachers are limited for time and schools also have other agendas – to fulfil the needs of the school as […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

Please don’t criticise; home schoolers think hard about education!

I’ve had the chance to meet some really inspirational parents recently at various events to celebrate the launch of my latest book; ‘Who’s Not In School?’ (Details on my site) These are such brave, bold people who screw up the courage to home educate rather than sticking with a system they have complaints about, as most […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Gardening for astronauts – and education!

There’s an intriguing experiment being conducted at the moment by the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK Space Agency and they hoping children will be able to help them. Research is being conducted into growing plants in space and British astronaut Tim Peake has asked children to help him. He’s asking for help with the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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It’s not just school children going through exams!

As thousands of school children sit their exams at this time of year, there’s another group also doing the same, without having been through school. Home educated youngsters will be taking exams also, although most people are unaware that they do so. Home schooling families take GCSEs, and some do A Levels too, independently of […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Project based learning and how it helps retain children’s interest

I read recently that Finland is redesigning their approach to education by replacing teaching by subject with project based learning. (Read an article here) This means that rather than the students’ day being a procession of disconnected subjects which appear to have no relevance to each other, their learning will be based on the study […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Top Tips: Finding the confidence to make the leap to home schooling

The numbers of parents now considering home education as a serious option is increasing. Especially at this time as schools are oversubscribed or children didn’t get the school of their choice. But, despite seeing advantages in home schooling, many find it hard to pluck up the confidence to do so. So here are five ideas to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Can children with special needs be home schooled?

Parents sometimes ask whether they would be able to home educate a child who has special needs. The short answer is yes, many have done so very successfully and it was those difficulties with learning in school that drove some parents to take their child out. The longer answer is to understand that all children are […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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5 common home-school challenges and tips to overcome them

Home educating was a very positive experience for our family as it is for the many thousand others who also educate their children without school. However, as with all aspects of life, there are challenges and below are some of them and tips to overcome them. Worry and concern Every parent worries. So worry is […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Not got into the right school – why not homeschool?

It’s a worrying time for many parents and children as they hear whether they’ve secured places in their chosen secondary school. An article in the Guardian recently reported how many are going to miss out on the place of their choice in a crisis of shortages, particularly in inner cities. Children and parents are understandably […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

6 ideas to help build children’s social skills

Developing social skills is an important part of education. It is also an issue often raised in connection with home education. It’s commonly assumed that children gain social skills from being in school. But this is not entirely the case; mature social competence is learned from being around mature social adults as well as other […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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In the news: celebrity home schooling

The subject of home education has been in the news again recently with the decision of the actress Emma Thompson to educate her daughter out of school. Gaia has been withdrawn from school at 15 to continue her study at home because she doesn’t like the ‘sausage factory of formal education’ her father Greg Wise […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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8 Tips for re-starting your Home Education

New Year presents a good opportunity for a fresh start. For home educating families it’s a good time to examine your learning approaches and habits, see which work well for you and the children and see what now needs changing. It’s very easy to keep to old routines. Routines can be very useful in helping […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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10 ideas that develop vital creative skills at Christmas

Christmas is a great time to develop creative skills. A time for families, especially those home educating, to extend this part of education. Parents sometimes ask if creative work is really educational. It is in that it develops essential mental and practical skills which can be transferred to other educational tasks and an education that […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Keeping children curious at Christmas!

Home educating made it extremely difficult to keep secrets from the children at Christmas, because there was rarely an occasion when they were out of the house like school children are. But we felt that an inquiring mind was the foundation of an educated mind; an essential prerequisite to learning which sparks motivation, discovery, self […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Tips for keeping home educating records

Keeping records of activities is a valuable part of a home schooling life. Firstly, and often uppermost in parents’ minds, is the need to be able to demonstrate to the Local Authority the learning that has been taking place and a record of some sort is useful to turn to. Secondly, but equally important, it […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Home Education or Out-and-About Education?

Home Educating is a slightly unfortunate term. It’s a misrepresentation of what happens in most family households when they decide to educate their children outside school. Firstly it suggests that children are isolated at home learning by themselves. This is rarely the case, as you can read in this post here. Secondly, it also suggests […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Choosing Home Education instead of School

Whilst most parents are going through the anxious time of choosing a school for their pre-school child at this time of year, increasing numbers are choosing to home educate instead. It’s often assumed that parents only home educate because of their child’s unhappiness in school, perhaps through bullying, school phobia, learning difficulties or failing to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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10 differences between home education and school

Many parents ask what are the main differences between learning in school and home education? That’s quite difficult to answer as these differences develop from the fundamental approach and philosophy to education, quite different to an institutional one, which home school families develop over time through a variety of approaches. But here are ten most […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

5 Tips for using timetables in your home education

Home educating offers a very flexible approach to children’s learning and this also applies to the way we use timetables. Although we’re very familiar with a formally timetabled structure in schools, this is not essential to educating, just a tool we can use – or lose – whichever best supports the learning process. Timetables are […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Lie-in and learn better!

The flexibility that home education offers means that families can take advantage of the times when children learn best. And for teenagers whose sleep patterns are majorly disrupted that can be a real relief! It’s not just laziness that keeps them in bed in the mornings, as some parents would like to think. Neuroscience is […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Does home education mean home alone?

The thought that their children might be educating at home alone can put some parents off home educating. But with the growth in home educating groups the reality is quite different for most families. The name ‘home’ education also creates a false impression of children learning in isolation and rarely getting out to meet and […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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What do home educators do all day?

Days can flash by so quickly when you home educate. But some people do wonder how, envisaging long empty hours. This is rarely the reality; families soon get into the swing of life without school routines and a pattern of learning and living gradually falls into place. This becomes established through the approach families take […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top resources for home educators

Finding resources for home education might seem a daunting or costly prospect. But thanks to the Internet there is much available online, some for free. Some of these resources have been mentioned in the recent posts on resources so do browse round these by subject. The following are a few that might help home educating […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Do home educators break for summer?

There’s a big change in family life when the schools break for summer. So does it change a home schooling family’s life in the same way? It does in some ways; in other ways life just goes on the same. One of the advantages when you home educate is you don’t have term restrictions. You […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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7 surprising things we learned from home educating

Parents who are drawn to the idea of home educating are sometimes put off by the fear that they would not ‘know enough’. But we discovered that what you know, or don’t know, is not the issue; with the Internet you can soon research and find out – at the same time giving children a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Enhancing education through play and self directed activity

We tend to associate learning through play with pre-school children. But play, or any self-directed activities, can have a valuable impact on their education whatever age they are. It’s an approach that home educating parents use to their advantage. Very young children love to explore their world, love to get their hands on anything, open […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Home education: why you should consider iGCSE’s

With exams prevalent in everyone’s mind right now I thought I’d ask a home educating parent how they tackled doing GCSEs at home. Not every home schooling family opts to do GCSEs. Some feel they do not need to be part of their education at all and those who want to go onto Uni do […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Home Educators – educational trailblazers

What’s new in education? The hunt is on for radicals. The Observer has joined up with Nesta to find fifty trailblazers in 2014 who are making radical differences to their community. Although radical is a strong word home educators are surely among educational trailblazers, as they succeed in educating their children outside the school system […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Why the obsession with writing at School?

Many home schooling parents do very little writing with their children at home. Yet they still go on to achieve the same as other children in their later years. How does that happen? Parents encourage learning through a variety of approaches and this keeps their children’s natural desire to learn alive. The problem comes because […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are the benefits of teaching webcam tutorials?

Five tips for managing your home education

Parents often ask what you need to manage home education successfully. Do you need to be a teacher? Do you need to know everything? Do you need to have a dedicated room, do tests, follow schemes of work and be highly skilled in all subjects? Not necessarily. But one thing you do need is good […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Could homeschooling be the answer to the ‘school’ of your choice?

It’s an anxious time for parents when their child is not offered a place at the school of their choice. So some consider home schooling instead as, with increasing support and resources online, it grows in popularity. If you do a search you’ll find several articles around this site about the subject, but here are […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

How can you Home School if you’re not a teacher?

This is a question that comes up frequently when parents are considering home education rather than sending their child to school. And often one of the reasons they feel they couldn’t consider it as an option because they’ve jumped to the wrong conclusion that only qualified teachers can take on the role of educating children. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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We’re not anti-school, but here are 15 reservations we have about it!

There’s a common assumption that if you’re a home educator you’re bound to be anti-school. That’s not the case. Most home educators appreciate that schools work very well for most families. And their decision to home educate is not a criticism of teaching either, as some teachers see it. It’s appreciated that teachers’ potential and […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Social media – is it a tool for learning?

When people think about home educating they often assume that it is the same as school except with the parents ‘teaching’ the children at home. However, that’s rarely the case; parents and children are engaged in learning together and it is often the children who are driving the education for themselves (see how it works […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What equipment should I use for online classes?

5 tips to help your child’s reading

It’s a common assumption that children need a qualified teacher and a systematic reading scheme in order for them to learn to read. This isn’t strictly true as many children actually start reading at home before they even come into contact with a guided approach through parental encouragement and support. Each child has their own […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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A different perspective on learning – insights from a Home Educator

The educational views of families who’ve been home educating for a long time really challenge our traditional assumptions about education. One parent has been doing so for twenty five years and I had the opportunity to ask her about it. This is what she told me: “My view of education was always that it started […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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How can children learn autonomously?

Many parents who home school use an autonomous approach to their children’s learning. It can be quite hard to understand how this could possibly work if you’re used to school, where children have no choice in the activities set to ‘educate’ them, because there’s a common misconception that autonomously educated kids just please themselves all […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Understanding home education and how it works

Another increasingly popular alternative to mainstream schooling is home education or home schooling. This is when parents exercise their legal right to educate their children at home. The term ‘home’ educating tends to give an inaccurate impression because most parents include a wide variety of opportunities outside the home in their educational provision, visiting sites […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Motivation – how do you get kids to do it?

I was asked this question quite often when we home educated our children. Usually by parents struggling to get their kids to do their homework every night. Is it any wonder? When you’ve spent the whole day in school, often bored and clock-watching except on rare occasions when the lesson was really inspiring, why would you […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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How difficult is it, really?

The fuss we make about it, the complication of league tables, testing, inspecting, examining, the administration and the processing it has become, we tend to think of education as difficult. That without schools, schemes, strategies, timetables, SATs, curriculum, teachers, hierarchies and politics of course, children won’t learn anything. Yet there are now thousands of home […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Five ways to help your child – from a headteacher!

You wouldn’t think of a head teacher as being that supportive of home education. But one recently said to me; ‘The home education you created with your children, which you describe in your book, just reminds me of the way we used to teach before it was ruined by mountains of paperwork and politics’. Learning and […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

A practical guide to tutoring your children yourself, at home

Many parents don’t spend too much time worrying about homework or tutoring until their child shows signs of lagging behind at school. Yet new research suggests that from the time children are babies, it is important to talk and read to them, since by doing so, we are helping them build the foundations of effective speaking, reading […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

How do you become a webcam tutor?

How a school phobic ended up with a First

Some of the children we home schooled with have graduated from Uni now. One of my friends was talking to me lately about her son. Right back when he was six and a half he was almost school phobic which was why she decided to home educate. This is what she told me: ‘School clearly […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Ten lessons we can learn from Home schoolers’ achievements

We are told that kids need schooling to become educated. But do they? Through my experiences both teaching in schools and home educating, interacting with many others doing the same, it’s apparent that this is not necessarily the case. It’s also clear that some of the things we associate with school, which we thought kids […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Could this herald the end of school as we know it?

With the launch of a new higher educational project, an online university Futurelearn, education is taking another new turn. The project sees UK universities beginning to offer massive open online courses which could ‘revolutionise conventional models of formal education” according to the universities minister David Willetts. (BBC news) But perhaps it will go beyond that […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Beyond school skills: 5 ways to extend your child’s education

Education is not just what happens to your child in school. It extends beyond that. Children’s educational attainment is also dependent on them developing in ways other than fact gathering and grade getting which is often the focus of curriculum. Their personal, social and general thinking skills count towards making them rounded, educated young people […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Can we give kids greater say over their education?

Should we give pupils a greater says over their education? There’s a new project being launched by Demos aiming to do just this and thereby trying to rectify the growing crisis of disengagement and poor attainment amongst young people. Adults have always assumed that kids couldn’t have a say – what do they know? And […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Too much, too soon? When should children start school?

There’s a new campaign being launched by the Save Childhood Movement to raise awareness of the dangers of children starting formal education too soon, which has been covered by today’s BBC news. It’s supported by 127 educational experts, a senior lecturer in education at Cambridge University among them, who’ve written a signed letter to the press […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Why Home-School? 5 reasons parents educate out of school.

School is fine when it’s working. Not so great when it isn’t. And it was during the long summer holiday, when we noticed such a difference in our children’s behaviour, we began to suspect it wasn’t working for ours that well. Their smiles returned and they stopped niggling at each other – and us. They […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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The danger of school predictions; one parent’s success at beating inaccurate results

Increasing numbers of parents are unhappy about the way in which the school system is failing their children because of the conveyor-belt like process based on test scores. When the kids don’t get the scores, they can be written off for the rest of their school career. One parent was determined not to let this […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Your GCSEs demand a lot of revision

Back to school? Not necessarily: 8 FAQs about home schooling

It’s the time of year when kids go back to school and some parents sigh with relief. Others dread it and wonder whether home schooling might be a better choice. But what exactly is home schooling? It’s an approach towards educating your children out of school by activities you provide yourself. It’s more often referred […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Can you be clever if you Home School?

I’m asking this because of a comment someone made to me recently; “We met some home schooled kids the other day…they seemed so clever”. It was the surprise in their voice that was amusing. Because they’d clearly made the common, but wrong, assumptions that; You can’t be clever without going to school. And home schoolers […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

Holidays: 4 reasons they enhance education

School holiday time and it seems inevitable that once you have children your life is governed by those school term times and holidays. Not if you home school though, for life and learning become quite integrated. And the longer our children learned out of school the more we realised that life is always full of […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What qualifications do art teachers need?

How much does it really cost to educate a child?

It’s really difficult to prise accurate figures out of government about their budgets for each child in school. One average very roughly worked out suggests that it requires £3 – 4000 per annum for each child in school. But does that amount really filter down to a child? And how is the money best spent? […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Another view of curriculum – do we need it anyway?

The curriculum for schools in England is being revised again. According to the Prime Minister this new one is going to be ‘rigorous, engaging and tough’. The education secretary promises a curriculum that will get basic skills right.  (BBC) But can curriculum – especially one that is so prescriptive – ever do that by its […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What qualities does an art teacher need?

Is your child settled in school?

Many parents find that their child doesn’t settle in school. So, with increasing opportunities to learn independently, especially online, they are turning to home education as a solution. In fact many now dispute whether children need school at all. And whether it’s the best place to learn about and cope with the challenges in life […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Excellent apps and techy tools to aid exams and revision – part 2

Following on from part 1 in my list of top tools and excellent apps to see you through exams I welcome you to part 2, where I’ll be focusing on the things you can do to get your mind settled and your heartbeat steady – let’s go! Up here for thinking Exam Success Hypnotherapy: So […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What equipment should I use for online classes?

Thinking of Home Schooling? Consider the Pros and Cons

There are many roads that lead a parent to consider homeschooling and each reason is as unique as a child. It is not a decision taken lightly and this blog considers the pros and cons of home schooling. On chatting to parents who have chosen homeschooling, we found that some followed it because: they felt […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Essential Steps To Take for Homeschooling

If you’ve decided that homeschooling is the best fit for you and your child, it is surprisingly easy to develop a plan of action and follow through. Homeschooling is a legal right in the UK and in fact, it is implicitly recognised in England and Wales under Section 7 of the Education Act of 1996, which […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Thinking of Homeschooling? Ask Yourself These Five Questions First

If the thought of never having to make a 6am start, put up with a less than adequate education for your children or force them to learn things they hold no interest in sounds appealing, you may be considering home education. It may be helpful to ask yourself a few questions before taking the big […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

How much do professional guitarists earn?

Options to Formal Schooling: Homeschooling

Many parents feel that traditional schooling is simply not the right fit for their children or for their family as a whole. Whether rigid timetables, standardised curricula or social issues (such as bullying) are the cause of this dissatisfaction, parents sometimes keep their kids at school due to a lack of awareness of the myriad […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Five ways that homeschool learning differs from learning at school

No set hours, no travelling to and from school, no endless hours of rote learning… are you and your child ready to take up the homeschooling challenge? If so, these are a few wonderful differences you can begin to enjoy from the moment you decide to take your child’s education into your own, capable hands: […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Chaos in the world of flexischooling

Between home education and full-time school is the world of flexischooling. This seemingly sensible compromise has been ideal for some families for numerous reasons, including a child with special needs or one recovering from illness. It means, in practice, some of the child’s teaching happens at home but they come to school for the rest. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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So much noise in class makes it tough to learn

As I write I can hear my kids squabbling, both the radio and television blaring and our dog barking in the garden. Makes me wonder how my kids can do their homework with such a racket. In my secondary school, the noise could be deafening. You could happily chat away during lesson time to your […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

Can Online Learning combat rurality?

After my recent musing on how VLE’s could signal the death knell for the snow day, I got to thinking about the other ways in which the internet can help overcome some of the challenges facing education. So picture the scene: you live in a small community, with a small school, on a small outcrop somewhere […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read