Children’s lives are usually micro managed. Particularly if they are learning in school. For home educated children, this is less so. Most of them have some input into the decision making, planning and execution of their education. Home schooled youngsters also have considerably more unplanned time where they can initiate and take charge of their... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
Whether your child is learning in school, or home educated, it’s likely that they’ll be learning about Darwin and his theory of evolution. It’s also likely that you would consider this to be a valuable – essential – part of your child’s education. Incomprehensible that it would be disputed. However, hard though it is to... Read more »
Many of the more personal aspects of learning and growing, once expected of parents to teach their children naturally from family life like sex education for example, are now taught through schooling and RSE is another which is being revised. RSE stands for Relationships and Sex Education and is expected to become statutory in all... Read more »
The subject of banning smart phones from the classroom has been in the news again. There are arguments both for and against a blanket ban which has been called for by some. Nick Gibb, minister for the Department for Education, takes the view that heads should ban smart phones from schools and classrooms and he... Read more »
You may have seen reports recently in the press about scrapping GCSEs. GCSEs were designed to show a standard of education at 16, consequently an assessment of a youngster’s capability for life beyond school. But now the school leaving age is 18 are GCSEs relevant? And do they equip youngsters with what they need for... Read more »