Tag Archives: School

Are social gaps widening education gaps further?

So it would seem that education is still rooting itself in the gaps between social groups.  Hardly surprising, we’ve long accepted that the richer you are, the more access to a better education you appear to get. Is it any … Continue reading

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A different perspective on learning – insights from a Home Educator

The educational views of families who’ve been home educating for a long time really challenge our traditional assumptions about education. One parent has been doing so for twenty five years and I had the opportunity to ask her about it. … Continue reading

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How can children learn autonomously?

Many parents who home school use an autonomous approach to their children’s learning. It can be quite hard to understand how this could possibly work if you’re used to school, where children have no choice in the activities set to … Continue reading

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Understanding home education and how it works

Another increasingly popular alternative to mainstream schooling is home education or home schooling. This is when parents exercise their legal right to educate their children at home. The term ‘home’ educating tends to give an inaccurate impression because most parents … Continue reading

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Help support a deaf child with this handy set of tips

If you have just discovered that your child is deaf or hard of hearing, you can easily feel at a loss as to what steps to take to ensure they have an optimal learning experience. Some 90% of all parents … Continue reading

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A practical guide to tutoring your children yourself, at home

Many parents don’t spend too much time worrying about homework or tutoring until their child shows signs of lagging behind at school. Yet new research suggests that from the time children are babies, it is important to talk and read to them, … Continue reading

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Testing times for our children

Some new research and a couple of policy announcements have caught my eye just recently and it’s about time had my tuppence worth on the important issues raised. First off, a new report has found that one in five young … Continue reading

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Back to school? Not necessarily: 8 FAQs about home schooling

It’s the time of year when kids go back to school and some parents sigh with relief. Others dread it and wonder whether home schooling might be a better choice. But what exactly is home schooling? It’s an approach towards … Continue reading

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Can you be clever if you Home School?

I’m asking this because of a comment someone made to me recently; “We met some home schooled kids the other day…they seemed so clever”. It was the surprise in their voice that was amusing. Because they’d clearly made the common, … Continue reading

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Holidays: 4 reasons they enhance education

School holiday time and it seems inevitable that once you have children your life is governed by those school term times and holidays. Not if you home school though, for life and learning become quite integrated. And the longer our … Continue reading

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