I have started this blog specifically on home education following interest in posts on my blog that covered our self-employment, travel and home education lifestyle. I decided that the home education merited its own dedicated blog.
We live in the UK and have six children. We chose home education when the oldest two were 10 and 12 years old (they are currently 22 and nearly 24). The younger four children are currently 10, 12, 14 and 16 years of age.
Back in 2002, we became increasingly disillusioned with the lack of breadth to the curriculum being forced on English state schools and the increasing drive for so-called "improved results" year on year at GCSE. The emphasis on measuring pupils' performances seemed to mean that education, in the true sense, was deemed secondary to the statistics. While we genuinely sympathised with the teaching staff's predicament, we voted with our feet and jumped out of the system.
Although initially we allowed a few months of autonomous de-schooling, it soon became apparent that the children responded to a structure for their studies. This may have been because they had grown used to it at school. We decided to opt for a home curriculum of our own design. This focused on English and Maths while we found our feet; other subjects were covered less formally through museum visits, workshops etc.
I will post more information on our journey in coming weeks/months but suffice it to say that we succeeded in our aims and continue to do so with our younger four who have never attended school.
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