Developing skills through the holidays

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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 »

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Will you be teaching your kids about Darwin?

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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 »

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Could we really scrap GCSEs?

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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 »

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Learning outside traditional schools

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Opportunities for learning outside of the traditional classroom are increasing and giving rise to various alternative approaches to education. For a start, home education (read more here) continues to grow in popularity and numbers expand daily. But for families who prefer to use a school there are other alternatives to the traditional schools we’re most familiar... Read more »

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Spurring your learners on…

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Whether your child goes to school and has homework, or whether they are home educated, they need encouragement to achieve their work. A question commonly directed at home educating parents, often from parents with children in school who are struggling to get their child to complete their homework, is how to get children to do... Read more »

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