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Patterns in life

  We very often get asked if home educated children can take GCSEs and of course they can, but what lies behind this question?   It is a socially constructed view of education as starting school at 4, doing SATs, building up to GCSEs and then hopefully using those GCSEs to obtain employment.   But […]

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Home Education: The Modern Folk Devil

The Need for Independent Research   Home education seems to be a subject which everyone has an opinion on or worse is an ‘expert’.   Take children centric non-governmental organisations or professional bodies: who take a stance on home education without real world insight into the practice of home education or engagement with home educators […]

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Urgent: Home Education Inquiry

Home Education Inquiry     Parliamentary Committee call for evidence   The Education Select Committee has announced a review into home education.   ‘The Committee invites written submissions addressing any or all of the following points:   The duties of local authorities with regards to home education, including safeguarding and assuring the quality of home […]

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Annual General Meeting

  Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 15th October 2020 at 1pm. In view of current Covid 19 arrangements, Education Otherwise has made the decision to take a step into the future by holding the meeting via ‘Zoom’. Details of the meeting will be posted nearer the time.   At the AGM […]

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Painting with Kate

  Hi, I am Kate and I am an Artist, and I have had many years practice and experience with drawing and painting. I am also training to become a psychologist. Life is pretty busy these days, the same for many of us, so I want to share some of what I do with you […]

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Website News

Education Otherwise trustees have brought a new website and ‘brand’ image update to our charity. We are pleased to be able to offer a clear and accessible, modern look to the site and to be able to present our information in a dyslexia friendly text. Our new logo was designed by competition and reflects the […]

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The Curriculum Thing

“Do I have to follow the curriculum?”   It’s a common question, especially amongst parents new to the idea of home education. The simple answer is no, there is no legal requirement to follow any curriculum. The question itself though, shows that there is generally a very simplistic view of what curriculum is and who […]

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