Elective Home Education in the UK

January 2011
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    4th January 2011
  • ISBN 9781858564821
  • Language English
  • Pages 140 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"

Thousands of children are educated at home by their parents. This book is an overview of elective home schooling in the United Kingdom. It examines the history of the practice and reveals why more and more parents are choosing not to send their children to school. From the safeguarding concerns which prompted the Badman Report on elective home schooling to the desire of autonomously educating parents to be left completely alone, this book provides a comprehensive and factual account of this increasingly controversial topic.

With the law on home schooling about to change so that local authorities will for the first time be legally obliged to register and supervize home schooling families, there is an urgent need for a plain and objective survey of the current state of play. The author identifies key areas of conflict between home schooling and local authorities and suggests ways that these can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction.

1) Home education yesterday
2) The situation today
3) What do Home Educators actually do?
4) The research
5) The legal situation
6) Home education – for and against
7) Between two extremes – a possible way forward

Simon Webb

Simon Webb educated his daughter at home and has a blog on home schooling. He has also worked for many years with children who have special educational needs.