Tuesday, February 27, 2007

On the news

Letter in favour of HE from Hannah Walker in Bristol
No need for more rules on Home Education

"Inside Learning" podcast
Check the last quarter of the podcast for the HE piece

Daily Star February 24, 2007
Mums joining school revolt

SOARING numbers of parents are teaching their children at home because they are not happy with the quality of state education. At least 16,000 children are now being taught at home, three times as many as in 1999. Many parents said they were worried about bullying and poor discipline. Others thought children are required to start formal schooling at too early an age, said the study for the Department for Education and Skills.

The report stated:"Some of the parents interviewed felt that standards of education had declined. This, coupled with a view that the current education system is overly bureaucratic, inflexible and assessment-driven, prompted some parents to home educate."

Children were withdrawn from school due to bullying, as well as concern over antisocial behaviour and poor levels of conduct by other pupils. The majority of parents who took their children out of school were white British. They told researchers a home education brought significant benefits for children, including giving "high levels of confidence and self-esteem". It also helped develop a close bond between the parent or carer and the child.

THE JOURNAL (Newcastle, UK)February 24, 2007
More and more children learn at home
Similar to the above, although it goes on to say:

The majority of parents who took their children out of school were white British. But religious and cultural reasons prompted Muslim, Christian, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families to teach youngsters at home.

Parents told the researchers that a home education brought significant benefits for their children in a variety of areas concerning their development. The report said: "Beneficial effects reported by parents included high levels of confidence and self-esteem, a close relationship between parent/carer and child, self-directed learning and the development of skills in line with, or in advance of, age-related peers."

The study suggested the figure of 16,000 children in home education could significantly underestimate the true picture because the official records were poor.

The Northern Echo February 24, 2007
THOUSANDS OF PARENTS TEACH CHILDREN AT HOME

SOARING numbers of parents are teaching their children at home because they are not happy with the quality of state education, according to Government research. The study said at least 16,000 children in England may now be educated at home, which would be a three-fold increase since 1999. Many parents are worried about bullying and poor discipline in state schools and are dissatisfied with the quality of state education, the research found. Others thought children were required to start formal schooling too young, the study by York Consulting for the Department for Education and Skills said.

"Some of the parents interviewed felt that standards of education had declined," the report said. This, coupled with a view that the current education system is overly bureaucratic, inflexible and assessment-driven, prompted some parents to home educate. The majority of parents who took their children out of school were white British. But religious and cultural reasons prompted Muslim, Christian, gipsy and traveller families to teach youngsters at home.

The researchers found that children tended to be removed from state education between finishing primary and starting secondary school. Some parents used formal methods, following the national curriculum and hiring tutors. Others were less conventional.

The Express February 24, 2007 Saturday, U.K.
Classes at home

A SOARING number of parents are teaching their children at home because they are unhappy with the quality of state education, new research shows.
A Government-backed study by York Consulting says at least 16,000 children in England may now be educated at home - a three-fold rise since 1999. Parents worry about bullying and poor school discipline, while others think children are required to start formal school too young.

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