Home Education is far more like University
than school. It's about being curios about something, formulating
a question or thought and researching it.
It doesn't really matter too much
what it is, the trick, aged 5-16, is about developing curiosity
and the skills necessary to follow it up, to research it and ultimately
developing critical thinking skills necessary to formulate new
That sounds complicated perhaps, but it's really
not. It's really what all parents do for their children especially
when they're small. Every time a child asks a question it's part
of a journey. How you facilitate the child's rout to discovery,
is you, facilitating her movement along the path.
If parents see
themselves not as teachers but as facilitators of children on a
journey of discovery and development, they will see progress they
didn't imagine possible. It's exciting and it should be fun but
it's also scary.
It's scary because as
a parent you've been led to believe children need to be
steered along a certain path. but if that's not the child's path,
you're effectively imposing a set of external ideas on the child,
alienating them from the process suppressing their curiosity for
your imposed notions. How many times have you heard a child ask "what's
the point in this?" Far too many I suspect.
Spark a child's curiosity and facilitate their journey of
discovery, put the child behind the wheel and they will take responsibility
for their own course and progress, because they are intrinsically
motivated to satisfy their curiosity.
totalitarian state tries to separate the child from her family
and mould her to its own design. Families in all
their subversive variety are the breeding ground of diversity and
Hence the family is given special
protection in all the modern human rights… The
child is not the mere creature of the State.” Baroness Hale, President
of the Supreme Court:
If you are a family affected by school closures
due to the Corona Virus, the home education community has created
a FB forum just for you.
The idea is that experienced home educators will be on hand to
help with any issue relating to your child's education at home.
We can't promise to be able to answer every question, but many
of the issues you will face will already have been dealt with by
home educators who are the experts at educating in the home. The
group is the Home
Education UK School Closure Support Forum.
Primarily intended for UK families, it could offer
support to those anywhere in the world.
This is as yet a small group of just a couple of
hundred members, but we expect it to grow quickly and become an
important source of support and information to families.
Local Government Ombudsman ruled that councils must be clear
with parents of home educated children whether a home visit is
routine or triggered by concerns following Leicester City's attempt
to initiate actions based on anticipating, future government
proposals currently being considered.
I have been informed by InterHigh that
they continue to routinely pass families private information to Local
Authorities, regardless of their acceptance that home education does
not constitute a safeguarding concern. Their statement says:
“we will proactively contact Local Authorities
during the registration of a new pupil to ensure the safety of
pupils” and we “will ensure that the Local Authority is aware that
a pupil is being home educated.”
The InterHigh statement then goes on to say
"we know that there is no correlation
between home education and safeguarding risk."
Any family considering using InterHigh services
should consider the implications of this statement very carefully.
EHP publishes books and kindles on many topics related
to home education and learning systems that are alternative or complimentary
to state schooling. Including books on how and why home educators
A great introduction to alternative
EHP books are available as Kindles, at low prices and you don't
need a kindle to read them, there are app's for all brands of smart
phone and tablet. Build your own library of 'read anywhere
"The respect of parent's freedom to educate
their children according to their vision of what education should
be has been part of international human rights standards since
their very emergence."
Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Commission on Human
Rights 8th April 1999)
Parents are responsible for the education of their
offspring regardless of whether they are in school or out of it.
In law the right to an education is an obligatory right, it may
neither be denied to, nor refused by, a child.
Thus since children may not refuse education and
there is no academic consensus on what constitutes an effective
education, we believe that the state must be flexible in defining
what a 'suitable' education is.
While the law expresses the right to home
educate as a parental right, it is my belief that, in the same
way that young people have the right to decide upon medical procedures,
a specific education should not be imposed upon them. This is not
only right in principle but in practice, since intrinsically motivated
learning will most readily "achieve that which it sets out
to achieve". Learning cannot be imposed.
Many parents remain unaware that home education
is legal, or if they are aware, where to find support. This
poster could be put up anywhere parents and children might
You could ask to put this up on your Library for example.
Download a poster today, print it, pin it somewhere.
Help a child learn freely