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Research on visibility and engagement of home educated children within their communities

At Education Otherwise we know that home educated children are highly visible and engaged within their communities. The following key findings from a dissertation submitted to the University of Derby in partial fulfilment of the requirements for a degree of Master of Arts in Education by Jennifer Alburey in January 2021, confirm this. These findings […]

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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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Home Education and Child Abuse: How Media Rhetoric Drives the Myth.

Despite home educated children being at no greater safeguarding risk than other children, this research finds that media rhetoric is fueling calls for strict monitoring of those children, whilst self-perpetuating concerns in respect of their safeguarding. This in turn leads to unwarranted pressure on children’s social services resources and on home educating families, who face […]

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Home Education and the Safeguarding Myth: Analysing the Facts Behind the Rhetoric.

Reports often describes home educated children as “invisible and isolated”, leading to safeguarding risks. This research finds home educated children to be disproportionately scrutinised, being approximately twice as likely to be referred to Social Services than school children and children under 5 years old. Despite this higher referral rate, this scrutiny is significantly less likely […]

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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 educators challenge Portsmouth City Council

    Today, a home educating mum in Portsmouth has taken one step further toward challenging Portsmouth City Council’s (PCC) draconian and unlawful attitude toward home educating families.   What is this about?   PCC has the highest number of S437 notices (in proportion to home educated children) issued of any local authority in England […]

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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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