What is Home Education?

In England & Wales, Home Education is when a child is educated at home, receiving all their education from parents, carers or tutors.

In 2016 it was estimated that around 43,000 under 16s were home educated in the UK, and that this is increasing by 60-80% annually.

Why choose Home Education?

Time to be children

Children in England and Wales enter the schooling system at 4-5 years of age. Many other countries start schooling at 6-7 years of age. The happiest 5 Global Nations, according to the UN 2017 World Happiness Report, have had school entry ages of 6-7 years.

Home education can allow more time with family and the opportunity to acquire a wider variety of experiences, which can help children become more resilient and confident.

At Fledge we believe the school system in England and Wales becomes too academic, too early.

Stress-free emotional wellbeing

School can be stressful in many ways for children and parents. Many have removed their children from school after bullying, or unhappiness at the rigours and pressures of school. Often parents of children with Special Educational Needs have felt school is unable to appropriately meet their children’s needs.

Home Education allows for more balanced and less stressed children and parents, who can enjoy each others company at the best moments of the day.

More outdoor time and physical exercise.

Most children in school receive only 2 hours of PE a week. Home educating allows children much more time for exercise, healthier lifestyle and outdoor play.

Play-based and child-led learning

Many parents feel that modern primary schooling is too prescriptive, especially with more schools becoming academies.

Research shows play is crucial to cognitive, social and emotional development. Dr Whitbread, University of Cambridge, 2012, says, ‘Playfulness is strongly related to cognitive development and emotional well-being.

In our current school system, past reception age (4-5yrs), there is little or no chance for play-based learning. At Fledge we believe children learn best when they initiate learning, choose topics and have control over their own experiences, which Home Education allows.

One to one attention

At school children can be lost in large, and growing, classes. Their individual needs, interests and misconceptions are easily overlooked by teachers who are stretched across class sizes that could be up to 40. At  home children can have focussed support and attention at crucial moments in their learning.

Creativity

With increasing pressures on schools to ensure academic attainment for league tables the curriculum has become restrictively narrow. Schools are loosing the ability to teach creativity and teachers are denied the opportunity to teach creatively. Home Education allows complete creative freedom.