What do you know about Home Education?

This blog is written by the fabulous Kerry Trickett.

The number of home educators in the UK is rapidly rising. (theguardian.com DIY Schooling On The Rise, 12th April 2016) This article provides food for thought on what home education is, reasons families opt for it, potential negatives to consider and provides signposts for further information.

 What Is Home Education? 

Home education is an option for parents to take the full responsibility of providing their children’s education. (See Section 7 of the Education Act 1996, legislation.gov.uk)

One approach is “unschooling.” Unschooling enables the child to follow their interests. In this approach:

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“What is essential is to realise that children learn independently, not in bunches; that they learn out of interest and curiosity, not to please or appease the adults in power; and that they ought to be in control of their own learning…” (John Holt, How Children Learn, 1982)


Parents who unschool, facilitate opportunities for children to answer their own questions. (John Holt & Pat Farenga, Teach Your Own, March 2003)

Some parents prefer a structured approach, planning outcomes or follow a curriculum. Many take aspects of different approaches and adapt them to suit their child’s needs.

Popular reasons given for choosing home education include:

  • Disillusionment with the education system—often including teaching to the test.
  • Less exposure to peer-pressure/bullying
  • A higher level of individual attention with children able to work at their own pace.
  • More time as a family and a more convenient lifestyle.
  • Children’s interests can be followed in greater

     (http://home-ed.info/ Home Education in the UK)



Marta Drew and her children home educating. Featured in The Guardian, DIY Schooling On The Rise, 12th April 2016.


Potential negative aspects reported include:

  • Commitment—It’s full-time for parents.
  • Sacrifice of a wage.
  • Expenses—g. Children who are not registered in school have to pay for their GCSE examinations, should they wish to sit them.
  • Disapproval from members of family and friends. The most common concern being socialisation. Home educators argue that they form local meet-up groups, their children attend clubs and interact in society daily.
  • Dealing with the LEA. Some local education authorities want to monitor or advise home educators.

   (http://home-ed.info/ Home Education in the UK)

Whether or not you are considering home education, children and parents who have chosen this route are refreshed by those who have taken the time to become informed on the matter.

Want To Find Out More?

 If you are considering home education, an excellent starting point is to join a local home educating group. You will be able to discuss the reality of home education.

For further information, including how to de-register your children from school and much more, visit:

Home Education UK (http://www.home-education.org.uk)

education otherwise (educationotherwise.net)

Ross Mountney’s Notebook (rossmountney.wordpress.com)

Law & Parents (http://www.lawandparents.co.uk)

Education Freedom (educationfreedom.org.uk)

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