Education is compulsory - school is optional

Our aims

Education Otherwise is a membership-based organisation that provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take direct responsibility for the education of their children.

An increasing number of parents and children want an alternative to school. Our reasons are many, and we often differ widely in our views, but as parents we share the desire to take back direct responsibility for the education of our children rather than to delegate it to schools.

Our principal aims are:

  • to encourage learning outside the school system;
  • to reaffirm that parents have primary responsibility for their children's education and that they have the right to exercise this responsibility by educating them out of school;
  • to establish the primary right of children to have full consideration given to their wishes and feelings about their education;
  • to promote knowledge, understanding and acceptance of education otherwise than at school in the world at large.

The practice of education "otherwise" is steadily spreading and membership is open to anyone - as well as those practising education "otherwise," we have many members who simply want to support us.

The larger our membership, the better our services and resources will be and the more clearly our voice will be heard. So even if you are not thinking of practising education "otherwise" immediately, we hope that you will join us.

We do not have any source of funding other than members' subscriptions and donations, and everything we do is dependent upon the work and commitment of volunteer members.