Home Education is far
more like University than school. It's about being curios about
something, formulating a question or thought and researching it.
The parents roll is to facilitate that journey.
It doesn't really matter too much
what the child is curios about, the trick, is about developing
that curiosity, kindling it like a precious flame follow
it, research it and ultimately develop the critical thinking
skills necessary to formulate new ideas for it to become a raging
That sounds complicated perhaps, but it's really
not. It's 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. When you facilitate the child's next step on her
rout to discovery you, facilitate her movement along the
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 fun but it's also scary.
Scary because as
a parent you've been led to believe children need to be
steered along a certain path, that there's a set of knowledge all
children should have. But if that's not the child's path, or if
it's a part of a journey your child has not yet encountered, you're
effectively imposing your ideas and run the risk of alienating
your child from the learning process, suppressing their curiosity
for your imposed notions of what they need.
How often have
you heard a child ask "what's
the point in this?" Far too many I suspect. Spark a child's curiosity,
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
For the overwhelming majority of parents, this is
the beuty of home education. By answering questions
they themselves pose, they retain what they learn because it's part
of their own journey. Something they questioned themsevles.
Hale, President of the Supreme Court
We have set up a petition allowing parents to flexischool
their children for one day a week for the coming (2020-2021) school
year to allow children, where they need it, space to deal with
a return to school flexibly. See
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. now with over five thousand
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.
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.
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