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What is Home Education?

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 ideas.

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.

The Supremacy of the Family - & Why.

“The 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 individuality.

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:

Corona Virus School Closures - Home Education support

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.

LG Ombudsman rules against routine visits

The 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.

InterHigh - Informing LA's about families home educating when registering with them.

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.

Educational Heretics Press

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 home educate.

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A great introduction to alternative education.

Many 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

Home Education - a Human Right

"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."

(The 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.

Get a Free Poster

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 benefit.

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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

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