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 »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
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 »
It’s a difficult and anxious time of year for parents wanting to secure school places for their children. One report says that the selection process has become increasingly complex as places in popular areas are over-subscribed. Another article suggests that because of this, children from poorer areas can often be the ones who miss out... Read more »
It’s always interesting to hear how parents take very different approaches to their children’s education and learning, especially when both school and home education occur within the same family. I spoke to one parent recently who told me how this worked for them. This is what she told me: “My children are all very different... Read more »