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Magna Carta and common law

We are currently seeing a rapid rise in home educating families being lulled into listening to those who peddle what they refer to as ‘common law’ and ‘freeman’ rights. These groups are acting against the interests of every home educating family, as by peddling these untenable ideas they feed into public body fears about home […]

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Get to know your ‘School’ Health Service

School nurses are not just for schools and Education Otherwise has been working with two superb school nurses to ensure that home educating families can learn about the service and how it operates. Jenni and Lily work in Warwickshire, but all school, nursing services should offer the same services and the same level of data […]

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Book Review – Naughty Auty by Jo Rohann

Naughty Auty is a delightful short story of an autistic little boy who could not cope with nursery school and who then finds happiness and contentment in home education. Naughty Auty is beautifully, but simplistically presented. The illustrations based on figures consistent with a young child’s first attempts at drawing people are charmingly attractive. This […]

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Home education and children’s social services (Part 2)

At its starkest, many people don’t understand home education, don’t understand why parents would not send the child to school, and some just do not know it is a legal and valid option.   Increasingly, the narrative is that the home educated child is at increased educational or welfare risk. Increasingly, the societal message from […]

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Home Education: socialisation and groups

2020 and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic have forced the world to focus on a core element of being human- the need for human contact. We are social creatures. At no other point in our recent history have scientists had such a global and dramatic ability to study the many complex issues surrounding the […]

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Education that’s a hoot!

For some, it can be hard breaking free of the thought learning = school. We often get asked about doing ‘The Curriculum’ or which subjects people need to study. In truth, education does not need to be structured in these ways, learning opportunities surround us so take advantage of the flexibility of home education because […]

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Home education and children’s social services (Part 1)

    Let’s start with the most crucial question;   ‘When should social workers assess and become involved with home educated children?’   An easy question to answer in practise, as they should become involved only if the circumstances are such that they would become involved with any child. Despite this, we lose track of […]

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Art for relaxation

 Art and relaxation Tips and ideas to relax, using art This week is about art and relaxation. I don’t know about you but I think that some relaxation is needed right now! So, here are some ideas for you to give a go, depending on your preference. To be honest all forms of art are […]

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