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Traditional home schooling

Exams, rules, timetables: do teachers know what’s best for children? Increasing numbers of British parents don’t think so. Many parents who opt to home-school their children say they are avoiding bullying, exam pressure and stress. Others have concerns about special educational needs, not getting a place at the school of their choice, or the school environment. Traditional home schooling involves children being taught by parents, with access to teaching resources and online home schooling support. 

“At school people have to sit inside at a table and you might not learn anything new. At home you can choose your subjects and you can go outside and see your friends more.” 

Amelia, age 8

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  • Learning is personalised
  • Students learn at their own pace and can take public exams early if they are ready
  • Parents can use online resources such as InterHigh to guide their child's learning
  • Students can pursue extracurricular endeavours at the same time as their academic studies
  • Lessons can link the national curriculum to a child's interests and experiences
  • Children with special educational needs can receive one-to-one support
  • Teaching your child personally can be difficult at secondary level. It requires a high level of subject knowledge across multiple subjects
  • Entering your child for public exams can be a time-consuming and costly process
  • Parents are responsible for purchasing resources and ensuring their child receives a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Children have fewer opportunities to meet their friends. Developing a balanced extracurricular schedule gives them more chances to meet children their age
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