We considered it in September.We had our eldest four children at a school I was really,really not happy with.It's a cold austere institution that I didn't want to form such a major role in my children's lives.We looked into home ed as it seemed to be the solution.Their main concern is with statistics,inflexible rules,targets,charts.Children of just turned 3 have to fit into the same mould as those who are 11,same rules,same uniform.While the nursery/reception staff were actually lovely,beyond that the vast majority can best be compared to Star Trek 's Borg Collective,resistance is futile,you will be assimilated and all that..If your child does well they are forgotten,cos the teachers are busy with those that need help.I have a very bright 7 year old who was just not being stretched at all.The first thing you see when you walk into school is an attendance chart.My kids hold the record for lateness,cos this summer I had 4 for school and three babies to get out the door.Final straw was when the local council made the entire area surrounding the school permit only parking,it's really too far for my little ones to walk ,and it just wasn't worth the trouble for a school that we weren't happy with.Those are personal gripes though with a particular school.
By law you have to provide your child with age appropriate education.You do not have to send them to school.All you have to do is put in writing instructions(not a request,they're your kids)to your school's headteacher for them to deregister your children from the school role.It' then down to them to inform the LEA.The local education contact you,they may visit,you don't have to allow them to as their visits are not compulsory either.It gives you the total freedom to teach your children what you want to teach them,within loose guidelines,as you obviously want them to get on in the world they live in.You fit your own timetable,you work to your child's ability.
We decided to give school one last chance,we found a school that is everything the other one wasn't,everything you's want from a primary school ,but I only managed to get places for two of my children,and it's right on our doorstep.They're doing really well at the newschool.They get work that makes them want to work,even my nearly 5 year old who had no interest in reading,writing,sounds,playing with other kids.The older two are at the old school still.My eldest goes to Grammar School in September,but my daughter will be there for another two years on her own after he's gone,so September we may be back to the home ed decision again,unless she gets a school place with my younger children.
If you're serious about home ed there are websites,there are resources and online communities for support.Not all children thrive in a school environment,but not all schools are the same,I'm glad we looked around before making that decision.The two things I worry about with home ed are the social interaction with peers,we have a large family,but they need friends outside the family too.Also,my eldest boy is going to Grammar school in September.I would like the others to too,but if I take them out of school,I wonder if /how they'd fit back into the school system later on.It is something we seriously considered though,and it may still come to that,but I do see it as the last resort.No school is better than a bad school.
id love to do it!!!
My other halfs not so keen as both of our two excell in groups of children, they amaze me when around there peers so maybe for them home ed wouldnt be right, although, I will always have it in the back of my head when we 'try' school!
Hi Maryanne,I think what your'e doing is highly commendable.
Personally,I couldn't home teach,as I'm not as bright as the big fella,and he doesn't agree with home ed. I do think it's fantastic tho,and agree with quite a few of your comments in your posts,and that has TBH along with Jo's informative post given me the confidence to change things if I'm not happy when Tom starts school.
I've had major misgivings about playgroup!!!!! Maybe I should look into home ed a bit more!!!
Thankyou for that,Maryanne.
Certainly something to consider.
Hi, I'm new to the site so I hope it's ok for me to reply.
I've been home-educating my children for nearly 7 years. They are aged 14, 12, 8, and 4.
If anyone is interested in finding out more about home-educating, please feel free to get in touch
Hi I homeschool my 5 year old boy over here in mexico. we are both English .
if anyone knows of any good online English homeschooling resources and downloads i would greatly appreciate it.