There has been much coverage in the news about the government making all schools into academies and the re-emergence of Grammar schools. Academy status means that schools as we know them now; overseen and funded by councils, will instead have their funding go directly from the government to private bodies, independently of councils, and these... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
It’s occasionally hard to motivate children to work conscientiously at their studies, motivation being a topic I talked about in a previous article. It’s also a subject that’s often raised in relation to home educating. Home educating, instead of choosing school, usually stimulates plenty of discussion about education within a family. If the children are involved... Read more »
There has been a sharp rise in the number of home educating families recently, as much as sixty five percent in the last six years. The recent debate over the SATs testing and its detrimental effect on children and their learning has prompted a further increase; the resulting media coverage raised awareness and prompted more... Read more »
There has been a sharp rise recently in the numbers of parents withdrawing their children from school to home educate. Whereas many start their home schooling journey when their children are very young, it is now the case that some are coming to it later, when their youngsters have already become teenagers. This presents slightly... Read more »
Concern has been raised again over the effect of school pressures on young children’s mental wellbeing, with particular reference to testing. Exam stress and self harm is something we would normally associate with teenagers not young children. But teaching staff are reporting that children as young as six are feeling the pressure and exhibiting stress and... Read more »