It can be a heavy time of year for those teenagers involved with exams. Teens tend to get a lot of bad press. They’re notoriously accused of being difficult, resistant, moody, and in particular lazy – often with regard to their study and sleeping habits! But I wonder how many parents and teachers understand that... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
There have been some fascinating and informative programmes about Autism broadcast lately which are raising awareness and understanding of the difficulties associated with it. And a new little film featuring ten year old Alex explains some of the very real challenges autistic children deal with on a day to day basis with things we take... Read more »
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 »
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 »