Home education: Diary of a home-ed kid (and his mum)

Home education: October 2015

It’s all change in our house – home education for us

This week, my son left school to enter the world of home education. He is almost 13 and has really struggled to cope with secondary school. Back in June, I began my research into other options for him, including home education.

Both my sons enjoyed primary school and coped with the structured environment reasonably well. However, secondary school is a whole other kettle of fish. From organising books, managing homework and dealing with different teachers, my son has become totally overwhelmed with the demands of secondary school.

School is great, if it works well for you. If it doesn’t work well, then it can SUCK!

Home education is a legal option in the UK. You don’t need anyone’s permission to de-register your child from mainstream school (special provision schools have different rules, so check).

Once you have informed your school of your decision, you are free to do what works for your child – that’s liberating and maybe a little bit scary at the same time.

However, there is a growing home education community in the UK and thanks to Facebook, they are pretty easy to find and connect with. The people who moderate and participate in these groups are a mine of information on all things home-ed and I am already very grateful to many of the more seasoned home-ed parents out there for their support, encouragement and advice, not to mention the fact that we have already joined a very lively social group and been invited to visit several others.

Our challenges are probably not so different to many other families:

  • How to facilitate an efficient, full-time education suitable to the age and ability of the child
  • How to manage conflicting priorities between the home-ed kid and his schooled brother
  • How to juggle my own business, degree study, home-ed, school and household chores.

I shall certainly not be bored 🙂

My son is already much happier and less stressed out of school and with time, I am sure, he will regain his curiosity and want to learn. And when he does he will be able to select what he wants to learn and not be constrained by the National Curriculum.

Did you know that parents providing home education are not required to:

  • teach the National Curriculum
  • provide a broad and balanced education
  • have a timetable
  • have premises equipped to any particular standard
  • set hours during which education will take place
  • have any specific qualifications
  • make detailed plans in advance
  • observe school hours, days or terms
  • give formal lessons
  • mark work done by their child
  • formally assess progress or set development objectives
  • reproduce school type peer group socialisation
  • or match school-based, age-specific standards.

To see the Government’s guidance for local authorities on elective home education, you can visit:

Guidance for LAs on elective home education

Education Otherwise

So, I am hoping that my son might want to contribute to this blog from time to time, although I won’t hold my breath, as writing is one of his pain areas and we will probably avoid doing too much writing, at least for the time being.

See you next time…