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Bullying is unacceptable regardless of the setting but bullying in school is endemic.

An unacceptable 45% of home educated children who went to school report bullying as a reason for their removal. While bullying is normally by other pupils it is even sometimes by staff. The problem is often exacerbated by the schools poor, or totally absent, response to the problem. This needs to change. (The face of Elective home education I, EHP 2005 Mike Fortune-Wood)

Since bullying events must be reported to their LA, many schools fear being stigmatised as a school and fall back on denying the existence of having a bullying problem and refuse to trigger their anti-bullying policies in any but the most flagrant of cases. So while some schools take a proactive stance against bulling, other schools fail to respond positively.

The reality of course is that bullying is present in all our schools, and indeed most settings, and by ignoring it, or failing to act decisively, schools condone bullying as an acceptable cost to maintaining their schools reputation. For whatever reason, many schools faili many of our children by allowing bullying to continue.

While all members of the home education community are supportive of parents and their children who face this issue, and will welcome them into the community, we do not want parents to feel coerced into a decision they would not otherwise consider.

While we fervently believe that home education is in no way a second best option to school and research consistently shows that our kids, regardless of their parents background, tend to out perform schooled kids, with many achieving outstanding academic results, the decision to home educate should be made by a free choice. Home education is not something parents and children should feel forced to consider. Non the less, a great number of home educated children have at some time been bullied now thrive as home educated children.

So we urge parents to make all reasonable attempts to settle the matter with their school, providing delays do not represent a danger to your child, while remembering that home education can make a positive difference to your child's future. No matter why parents first began to home educate, the decision to do so is rarely a cause for regret.

some links for support:

link to learntech Advert and link to Sands School

advert and link to Wolsey Hall Oxford

link to Cambridge Home Education

Link to The Tutor Pages Hub link to Online french tuition
Link to NEC distance learning
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