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Up to 50,000 families in the UK have chosen to educate their children at home. Research by Durham University puts the number of home-educated children at 150,000 (or 1% of the 5-16 population) and predicts that, at present growth rates, it will reach 3% within the next decade.
Whilst reasons for home education vary, bullying and harassment and a school climate not conducive to learning are often quoted. Estimates suggest that every year in the UK at least 16 children commit suicide because of bullying at school. The true total (including accidental death, misadventure, open verdict etc) could be several times this number.
The UK Education Act states that parents must ensure that their children are educated "at school or otherwise" according to age, ability, and aptitude. The definition of "education" is broad and encompasses both home tuition (eg the same manner as school) as well as autonomous or interest-based learning styles.
For more information on home tuition and educating your child at home, see the following web sites:
Choice in Education is an independent monthly magazine for home educators.
Home Education UK - Educating away from school: a site about home educating in the UK, for active home educators, or those interested in becoming involved in home education.
Education Otherwise is a UK-based membership organisation which provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school, and for those who wish to uphold the freedom of families to take proper responsibility for the education of their children.
Home Education in the UK contains information, resources, recommended books, and testimonies of personal experience of home education.
Free Range Education is a book for parents: for those who are contemplating home education, those whose families are getting started and those who are just plain interested in this fast-growing form of education.
See Independent UK Home Education support.
Home Education Advisory Service, PO Box 98, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL8 6AN, tel 01707 371854.
Education Now, 113 Arundel Drive, Nottingham, NG9 3FQ.
Schoolhouse Home Education Association, 311 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1LG, tel 01382 646964.
http://www.silencingthebell.btinternet.co.uk/is aimed at teenagers, helping them to understand that there are alternatives to school.
http://www.he-special.org.uk is for families who are home educating children with special educational needs. Many of our members have children who have been bullied at school (not just by other children, some experienced their children being bullied by the teachers too). We also have a mailing list.
http://www.primaryhomeeducation.co.uk/ provides comprehensive and flexible learning programmes specifically for home-schooling families in England and ex-pat families educating overseas.
For more information on child and school bullying, see my pages on school bullying, child bullying, and links to child bullying web sites and organisations tackling child bullying and bullying at school.
Home education outperforms schools in almost every area - an articulate rebuttal of criticisms of home schooling.
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